I stumbled upon the beginning of Tyra’s talk show just now. And I’ll say one thing for her – she knows how to hook a viewer. I didn’t see the whole preview – just the part with a father pushing his daughter to be a prostitute. And there ya go, I had to watch.
The show is about prostitution, and how and why women get into it.
“…for a lot of women, they seem to just jump into the industry as if it’s the most glamorous choice in the world.” ~Tyra (emphasis hers)
Then she introduced two women, 25 and 27, who are…auditioning? interviewing? trying out? to be Bunny Ranch girls. The 25 yr old, Anna, is looking to save money for her mother’s liver transplant. She also said that she considered earning the money this way because she “really likes to please men”. The 27 yr old, Shy Love (I don’t know if her parents were hippies or if she’s already chosen her ‘bunny name’), is a nurse who’s tired of working 24/7 and missing important moments in her 5 children’s lives. [That’s right, 5 kids. They are 11, 8, 7, 6, and 4 going on 5.] She also said the money wasn’t that great. I suppose, for the hours, that could be true. And compared to working at the Ranch, that could be true. Anyway, she said she weighed the pros and cons, and the Ranch was a clear winner.
Woo. Can I just take a moment to let all that sink in?
How is it that we have women choosing to become prostitutes in order to support their families? To me, that sounds like this country has let them down. Completely. And I’m not just talking about these 2, going for the Bunny Ranch. They’ll do much better there than the girls across the country that have decided to do the same thing, for the same reason, but have no protection.
Ok, back to the show. Turns out, Shy Love has a serious bf, Chris. He’s not thrilled about her choice, but he says he can handle it. Up to five years.
Tyra: Ok. Five years of other guys pounding your girl. [emphasis hers again]
Chris: You know, thanks.
Tyra: I’m just keepin’ it real – just keepin’ it real. Cuz it is what it is. Ok, we’ll be right back. (giggle)
Ok, I don’t think I’ve ever watched a whole episode of Tyra, so I’m not sure what I should be expecting. Not much, I guess. Her questions [IMO] are borderline offensive, and she doesn’t seem to grasp what is appropriate and what’s not. Now, this bunny ranch fella she brought on the show just commented that since we’ve all seen ‘Pretty Woman’, every woman [at some point in her life] has only been one step away from working at the Ranch.
I dunno if I’ll be able to stomach the rest of this. I’ve seen some interviews where prostitutes have said that other women are selling sex as well, they’re just not getting money for it. They’re getting dinner, time, affection, whatever. That’s how they refer to the dating process.
And I can see the point. Especially if we’re talking about women who have sex with men they barely know. Regularly.
But alleging that even the majority of women have the desire to be prostitutes? Well, it’s no surprise to me that a man said that.
I’m thinking that maybe somebody is punking Tyra. They’re trying to make sure she looks like a fool on tv. Cuz this girl from the Ranch just said something about how we all use our bodies at work, and she just uses a different part, and what did Tyra say? “You use your coochie.”
The so-called father-daughter aren’t really. He’s a father-figure. That doesn’t make it any less creepy that he does bikini waxes on her, but at least it’s not her real dad. And Summer, 18, is an adult-industry star, apparently. And her “dad” is her manager. And he’s trained as a…I dunno…someone who does waxing.
Oh no he didn’t. Oh no that mofo did not just call Ashley Dupre a ‘ho’.
So, fake-daddy drops Summer at the Ranch and she’s crying cuz she doesn’t want to do this anymore. But he says, “Chin-up. I want you to go in there and make a good impression, ok? I love you.” So she gets out of the car, and goes. Her “daddy” keeps calling this a career.
The more I watch, the more I think these women need someone professional to talk to.
I’ve turned the sound off on the show. It’s too painful.
I’m a more old-school feminist. So I’m not into porn and prostitution as some kind of liberating behavior for women. I think it’s bad for women. Men too, actually. I think it just perpetuates the patriarchy. And I really hate the term “sex-positive” because that infers that people like me are “sex-negative”. But just cuz I want a more level playing field in the bedroom as well as everywhere else, doesn’t mean I’m not in favor of sex.
Just selling it, I suppose.