Harlotry: How I (Initially) Failed At Being A Sugar Baby

“Why do you think I posted in Adult Services instead of Dating?” I asked.

Tony finally found his tongue, but at that point it was too late.

As he launched into a rant about how he didn’t need to pay for sex, I cut him off: “Look, we have nothing in common. Why would I date you in my spare time? You’re a perfectly nice guy, but I’m not looking for a regular girlfriend-boyfriend relationship. I said that in my ad. I don’t know why you replied if you didn’t read it. If you aren’t interested in being a sugar daddy, I don’t see why we would see each other again. There are a lot of girls out there, and I’m sure you have something in common with some of them. If you don’t want this kind of arrangement you should say so now. I’ll apologize for making this awkward and we can forget all about it.”

Tony still seemed shocked. I don’t know if it was my bluntness that appalled him, or if he really hadn’t read my ad very closely, but he was certainly very upset. He told me that he had no idea I was seeking a sugar daddy, but that it was absolutely not what he was looking for. I said goodbye and got out of the car. I managed to walk very majestically to the door, but as soon as it was closed behind me, I bolted up the stairs, into my apartment, and straight to my bedroom to cuddle with my cat.

If this was what being a sugar baby was, I wasn’t cut for it. And I had another date the next afternoon.

Cathryn Berarovich is a bit of a renaissance sex worker; she’s currently employed as a stripper (and writer) but has held numerous interesting jobs in the industry. Each week, she shares her stories in Harlotry.

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    • sara

      I’m always nervous these stories are going to end with you getting hit.

    • FormerSugarBabe

      Dude, that sucks. You have to vet these guys better though. Make sure he is looking for a sugar babe in the ad and ask him about compensation BEFORE you meet up with him. Another tip is to go out with the guys that seem abrupt in their emails. Usually means they have a lot more money and get right down to biz without a lot of BS.

    • Gillian

      “I considered looking for a straight job, but as I thought of all my friends who languished in cafes and behind cash registers it was obvious that I was destined for better things.”

      Are you kidding me? You think being a sugar baby and a prostitute are “better things?” I’m so sick of these articles and I know I’m not the only one. I don’t care how hip, provocative or subversive you think this is, I’d sooner spend the rest of my life serving coffee then whore myself for out simply for material wealth. And you know why? Because I have a little something called self-respect, honey.

      • Endn

        Jeez tone down the condescension, I hate when women call each other honey in that way, just ugh. Anyway I thought that part was tongue-in-cheek and I personally think these articles are interesting, pretty well written, funny, and trying to destigmatize sex work which is great for all the women who choose it and don’t deserve to be treated like trash by all the insufferable self righteous jerks.

      • Kate

        Here’s what I don’t get – if you’re so sick of these articles, why are you reading and commenting? No one is forcing you to do so, and when you take such an aggressive tone, no one is going to engage in a civilized discussion with you. What’s the point then? Just trolling?

        Also, BIG 2nd of hating it when women call each other honey to be nasty.

      • Tobi

        Kate: Yep, that’s what trolls do.

      • Cate

        Endn, Kate, and Tobi: You guys know what’s up. Plus, I have to third the hate on the condescending ‘honey’.

    • JenniWren

      “I considered looking for a straight job, but as I thought of all my friends who languished in cafes and behind cash registers it was obvious that I was destined for better things.”

      This is why I have such a problem with this article, and with the previous one in this series. I firmly believe there’s nothing shameful about prostitution, but neither is there anything wrong with holding a “straight” job, whatever that means (I assume it has to do with paying taxes). You really think that there’s something wrong with deigning to work at Starbucks or Walmart because you need to make rent? Then you’re part of the reason that waitressing and retail are frequently such unpleasant jobs.

      And I’m sorry if the notion of having to do something boring for money horrifies you, but frankly that’s the world we live in. The vast majority of people are working jobs they don’t especially care for, not because they lack imagination, but because they need to. And I honestly suspect that the vast majority of women engaged in sex work fall into that category too.

      These articles really irk me. The writer comes across as someone who really needs to grow up.

      • Amy

        I agree. Working a ‘straight’ job is pretty tough and it takes stamina and willpower. Living off some guy because you can’t be assed isn’t really clever, it’s just kinda lazy.

        And whilst I don’t buy into the usual arguments about sex workers having low self-esteem I do think there’s a difference between trading a service like sex for money, and pretending to like someone as a girlfriend on an ongoing basis for money. That really seems like it lacks any kind of integrity and is something you’d only do if you failed to realise your emotions shouldn’t be a commodity that people can buy.

      • porkchop

        The comments about how she shouldn’t dump on wage work are so weird to me. I mean, it’s a story about how she felt at the time, not an argument for prostitution as a career choice.

        If she told us that she knew, even at the time, that there was honor in any job done well, but that she chose prostitution because she was young/stupid, it would just seem phony, wouldn’t it?

      • Cate

        Oh no, I agree with you. Even at the time I didn’t think that straight jobs were so much beneath me, but I definitely thought they seemed insufferably boring.
        Having worked some straight jobs since the events of this article took place, I have so much more respect for people who work regular jobs. It isn’t that I didn’t have respect for them before, but dear lord is the service industry boring and degrading. People are really, really goddamn mean and for no reason.

      • Mimi

        Amy said: ‘your emotions shouldn’t be a commodity that people can buy…’

        Haha – I work as a therapist.

    • HobbyLobby

      I think these articles are entertaining, but I always forget your really young and these things only happened a couple of years ago. I’ll be interested in hearing you retell them in about 10 years. After more life experience and there has been enough time to really distance yourself from the situations. Anyhow, thank you for sharing!

      • Well

        I would be surprised to learn she is as young as you think.

        And it’s “you’re.”

      • Cate

        To be honest, I’ll be interested to know how I look at all this in ten years. You’re right that I’m very young, 22 to be exact, and I’m sure I’ll see it differently even in five years. Time does that to us.

        But Well is right, it’s “you’re.”

    • Amy

      Look – As a single mother working a “straight” job and who is completely broke all the time – you can’t count the number of times I have wondered if I could do something like this. Stop judging other women for their life choices. I applaud this author – she has guts!

    • H

      I think we all need to get a sugar baby experience at least once out of life! If you are lucky it sort of just happens, the man/woman you fall for ends up being older and rich lol.

    • Evan B

      I’ve just started reading this series. Little of what I’ve read so far surprises me. I am in my late 50′s and have been a Sugardaddy for about 10 years and have done well with it. The 2, 20-something girls I support now will probably agree that it’s worked out for them. But like most of the rest of life, it’s not for everyone.

      I have a method, or call it a system if you like, that my SBs and I have worked out together, that suits both sides. I won’t go into it here, nor will I defend our choices. I only post this to say that if both parties approach an arrangement like this with full disclosure and sincerity, both sides can most definately benefit.

    • rexx

      I’ve been a “john” before and honestly paying a prostitute to hang out with me for a full date would be a giant pain in the ass. I know what I want and I don’t want to waste the time of a person that is obviously not interested in me. Any longer than an hour was a sex worker is too long.

    • Joe

      It is pretty clear (A) that Cathryn is a prostitute and doesn’t know the key to a successful and mutually beneficial arrangement and (B) Tony wasn’t looking for a prostitute, and is a bit clueless anyway.

      Here is the crucial difference between a successful arrangement and a trick. Successful SB/SDs genuinely enjoy each other’s company. They want to be together. The money occurs, but it is secondary. The SB has sex with her SD because she wants to. The SD gives her an allowance because he wants to. If you don’t want to, then don’t. You belong somewhere else.

    • Joe

      It is pretty clear (A) that Cathryn is a prostitute and doesn’t know the key to a successful and mutually beneficial arrangement and (B) Tony wasn’t looking for a prostitute, and is a bit clueless anyway.

      Here is the crucial difference between a successful arrangement and a trick. Successful SB/SDs genuinely enjoy each other’s company. They want to be together. The money occurs, but it is secondary. The SB has sex with her SD because she wants to. The SD gives her an allowance because he wants to. If you don’t want to, then don’t. You belong somewhere else.