“We’re in the wrong business,” Gio said jokingly after sushi one night in the city.
She was right and wrong at the same time. While browsing for bachelorette party favors on 34th Street, a man approached us and offered help in finding good favors at a cheap price. Now, what girl doesn’t love a sale?
However, as the conversation went on, and trust me it wasn’t long; his help got a little out of context. As we were looking for party favors, he was looking for us to do favors at a party. I was curious as to exactly what he was talking about and how much girls could get paid for this type of thing. In no way did my questioning suggest any interest in going to his party, but I had always heard about and seen these types of interactions in movies, but this was real. We were being given our very own INDECENT PROPOSAL.
Okay, initially the guy did ask us if we were in the sexual solicitation business, my words not his. Of course we said no. We’re young women trying to use our intelligence to get ahead – not our bodies. This piece of information didn’t faze the middle-aged, Middle Eastern man. In fact, he was even more excited. He proceeded to tell us that since we were not in the sexual solicitation business, the men would in fact give us MORE money than women who were. Gio and I were baffled, but intrigued.
Here’s the deal: foreign men would pay girls, Gio and I, to give a toy show and because we were not in the business, we would make a thousand dollars each.
I don’t know about you, but I sure could use a cool grand right now. However, Gio and I would prefer to make that grand with our clothes on. As we left the little man in front of the peep show store, I knew that now I was officially a New Yorker again. Oh home sweet home; you sure know how to welcome a girl.
We’re in the wrong business! There isn’t a PR executive standing outside Barnes and Noble asking someone to work for his firm with an advance check. Instead there are men asking women to give shows for tourists and business men. For young girls, and women alike, living in cities with the same streets as New York, I can only imagine that the decision on which B, brains or body, to use can be tough especially if there is lack of motivation and direction.
Fast money is always appealing and that is where my morality came in to question. At 23 years old, I’ve seen and been through a lot of scenarios that have decreased my naivety quite a bit. However, this proposal fascinated me. It gave me a rush of shock and anger. Shock because the proposal was hilarious and profitable and anger because I’m trying to use my knowledge to make money and I can’t walk down the street and obtain a high paying position at 9 o’clock at night.
I think the issue of using your brains versus your body has always been a touchy and deep subject. It involves so much more than just sexual solicitation. I’ll have to get into the other interactions another day. For many young men and women, the brain is the sexiest and most intriguing asset a person can have. Why can’t we just stick to that?