Callgirl: Confessions of an Ivy League Lady of Pleasure

Callgirl: Confessions of an Ivy League Lady of Pleasure I don t really know why I bought this book it was quite some time ago, so the reasons have slipped my mind Anyway, this was interesting It s a memoir by a PhD whose work as an adjunct professor yes, at Harvard, among other schools didn t pay the bills surprise, surprise , so she became a high priced escort on the side The book was certainly entertaining, as you can imagine It provides a good snapshot of what her life was like and discusses a number of pertinent issues related to prosti I don t really know why I bought this book it was quite some time ago, so the reasons have slipped my mind Anyway, this was interesting It s a memoir by a PhD whose work as an adjunct professor yes, at Harvard, among other schools didn t pay the bills surprise, surprise , so she became a high priced escort on the side The book was certainly entertaining, as you can imagine It provides a good snapshot of what her life was like and discusses a number of pertinent issues related to prostitution the author taught women s studies courses, so she s uniquely placed to comment on her own situation from both the objective and the insider points of view She s a bit defensive about her choice to become a callgirl, but that s understandable a lot of people do demonize prostitutes while overlooking the fact that they wouldn t be doing it if there weren t a lot of people willing to pay for it Not a perfect book but, overall, definitely worth reading So I read this probably when I was far too young to read it but I feel like that s sort of what books are for, in a way They allow us to explore avenues or ideas that we wouldn t have access to otherwise I remember liking this book and finding it interesting even though it s been so many years ago since I read it, wow although I feel like the main narrator was rather pretentious at parts I remember a lot of pseudonyms and all knowingness that really affected the way that I read the book Fo So I read this probably when I was far too young to read it but I feel like that s sort of what books are for, in a way They allow us to explore avenues or ideas that we wouldn t have access to otherwise I remember liking this book and finding it interesting even though it s been so many years ago since I read it, wow although I feel like the main narrator was rather pretentious at parts I remember a lot of pseudonyms and all knowingness that really affected the way that I read the book For so much of it I felt like I was being talked at rather than shown so much of her world.I feel like if I were to reread it I would be much, muchcritical of the author and the book itself but at the time it was an interesting diversion and something that really satisfied me But, in future I will definitely be looking for books that aresex positive,critical andinclusive and intersectional c Deeply personal and moving, Callgirl challenges the commonly held notions of the world s oldest profession as a pernicious industry peopled by amoral sex addicts Halfway to 100 for 2010 this was the 50th book I ve read this year, and a good one at that So far, it s the most illuminating first person account of prostitution I ve read In the 90s, Angell turned to working for what she calls a mid level escort service something halfway between streewalkers and pimps on the lower rung and the most exclusive escort services for the most wealthy clients at the top level As adjunct sociology lecturer at a Boston area college, trying to get her foot in Halfway to 100 for 2010 this was the 50th book I ve read this year, and a good one at that So far, it s the most illuminating first person account of prostitution I ve read In the 90s, Angell turned to working for what she calls a mid level escort service something halfway between streewalkers and pimps on the lower rung and the most exclusive escort services for the most wealthy clients at the top level As adjunct sociology lecturer at a Boston area college, trying to get her foot in the door of Ivy League academia, she was heavily in debt and needed a source of lucrative income quickly She answered a recruitment ad in a community newspaper and was accepted by the agency s proprietress, a smooth but comparatively decent example of her type named Peach Angell, by day was Jen the professor, and by night was Tia the lady of the evening The book chronicles her adventures among her many Boston clientele, from mentally retarded young men who scraped their pennies together to be with a woman to mysterious mafioso types with ready cash Along the way there are relatively decent clients contrasted with some jerks and at least one who was downright dangerous.Throughout the book, Angell continually reflects on what she is doing, why she is doing it and what she thinks about society s double standards and misconceptions about the oldest profession The book s tone is conversational, not especially literary, and so is an easy read Angell s voice often seems elitist and condescending whether she intends it to be or not especially when referring to common street whores as compared to herself and also when speaking about most of her clients A lot of reviewers of the book have had problems with that, but Angell is who she is, an educated woman seeing things from that POV and I can t fault the book for the occasional snarky sarcasm there s too much to learn from it I don t like to shoot the messenger if there s a lot to be gleaned from the message.In many ways, Angell had it better than most escorts the agency she worked for was well run and relatively safe by the standards of most operations And she made a lot of money Ironically, it was not until she developed and offered a sociology course on prostitution while she was still living her secret double life that her reputation and cache as a college professor began to rise The course was so popular that the university administration took positive notice, and it boosted her career.The book does a good job of describing the nature and mechanics of the business without being exceedingly sexually graphic There s a good, extensive bibliography of other books on the subject in the appendix Boring Read half Life s too short for a bad book I liked the idea of this book, but at about the halfway point I really started to dislike her I can t really put my finger on why, but I think it s how she described her abilities as a teacher despite a borderline coke and booze problem and kind of a lack of self awareness IDK, she came across and haughty, even though she was trying to be self effacing Strange, strange book. This was an excellent book I learned a lot about a subject I knew nothing about. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Book ReviewTitle Callgirl Confessions of a Double LifeAuthor Jeannette AngellGenre MemoirRating Review Now, I had a lot of reservations before cracking open Callgirl because a lot of similar fiction books and memoirs I have read on this subject are vague and so self centred that I can t stand to finish them but the introduction and opening chapter of this book really hooked me We learn that Jeannette is a teacher and was cheated on by her boyfriend who also took all of her money when Book ReviewTitle Callgirl Confessions of a Double LifeAuthor Jeannette AngellGenre MemoirRating Review Now, I had a lot of reservations before cracking open Callgirl because a lot of similar fiction books and memoirs I have read on this subject are vague and so self centred that I can t stand to finish them but the introduction and opening chapter of this book really hooked me We learn that Jeannette is a teacher and was cheated on by her boyfriend who also took all of her money when he left leaving her broke with debts pilling up that she has no way of paying Like most of us in that situation she is completely panicking thinking of anything and everything that could get her through until her payday at the end of the semester in two months time She initially consider work in sex chat but finds the whole things dull and boring, plus for only 8 she is sure there is something out there that will give her the money she needs when she stumbles upon ads for escorts.At first Jeannette is really hesitant about even considering escort work because there is seemingly a huge social stigma around it but when she applies her analytical mind to her situation she realises actually her boyfriend did the same thing, she had sex with him, enjoyed it and he took her money, so she technically paid him for his services She ends up speaking to Peach the madam who runs the service and she throws her in at the deep end Peach s method is to give new girls a good client to see if they enjoy the work, if they do they join the agency and make money, if they don t they made 200 and can go home Jeannette under the name of Tia sees Bruce who works closely with Peach as she sends him all the new girls and during their meeting Tia realises that this is the best sex she has had in ages and that she isn t opposed to doing it again especially with Bruce, and so begins her journey.It is only after a month of working for Peach that Jen begins to understand the world she is working in, Peach keeps her distance from the girl almost never meeting them in person, Jen is the exception here, because is she gets too close to them she knows she won t be able to send them to thedifficult clients, which is exactly what she does to Jen Peach sends Jen to Barry who immediately is quite violent towards her but she tries to put up with it, but when he tries to force her into having anal sex she asserts her dominance and leaves Later she learns from another of Peach s girl, Margot, that she actively takes Barry on as a client Jen can t understand this but when Margot explains she sees him as a textbook rapist and allowing him to blow off steam with her protects other women as Barry only uses Peach s service then she can live with it It is also a bonus for her that no one challenges her for Barry as a client so in the long term she makesmoney The smart Jen begins to see and understand the different types of women that become escorts and why they do it As she continues to live two lives Jen finds certain elements of either life wearing her down, whether its her clients or her students she knows that she can t live two lives forever and seeks ways to bring both lives together without telling the whole world that she is a callgirl In the end she decides that teaching a class on the history and sociology of prostitution and telling a friend about her other life is the right way to go about it I really liked reading about Jen s client both good and bad and seeing the subtle and glaring differences between them all Most of the clients she sees are relatively normal, whatever that is, and then there are the men that really stand out, the cross dresser, the masturbator, the gambler that were just so interesting to read about She tells her friend Seth who has a lot of misconceptions about what she does and she educates him on the way she thinks about her job and it seems that she converted a man to her way of thinking However, when Seth visits on a work trip everything seems normal, they have dinner, drink and catch up but everything goes south when he offers to pay her in return for her services because she is a hooker now, this is a huge betrayal in Jen s eyes as she thought he understood and that she could trust him with this information but he just confirms that he is just like every other stereotypical male on the planet I have to admit I didn t agree with this but when you consider the horror stories Jen has lived through and heard about coupled with her previous relationship with Peter, you can really sympathise with Jen even if you have never walked in her shoes.As we approach the halfway mark in the book, Jen begins talking about how her job and drug culture often overlap, she isn t a stranger to drugs herself but she only takes them as a pick me up during and before work but her friend Sophie is an addict At first Jen doesn t see a problem with Sophie s habit but when her furniture starts going missing, she starts stealing money from Jen and clients, she turns to a friend Henry who is also Chinese for some cultural background Jen is appalled by what she hears and understand why Sophie is an addict but she comes to realises that Sophie isn t her friend, she is only using her to get her next fix and Jen has to back off from her She does mention that the last time she heard of Sophie before leaving the business she was trading sexual favours for drugs and this still haunts her to this day but she has the love and support of her husband to get through it Throughout it all Jen is able to keep her day job and her other job separate even when she begins teaching a class on prostitution but very quickly the parents of students have an issue with the subject matter which she has to battle.As time goes on working with Peach is just another job to Jen but she has never dated since she started working as a callgirl until she gets involved with Luis Mendoza, a friend of Peach s and she swears she is in love with him but between the drinks and cocaine I wasn t to sure whether it was actually love or whether it was just easy as Luis didn t question her job with Peach or get jealous about it like other men would Jen only continues to work because of the financial pressures she is under and after a while she wants to dowith her life so she stops working, meets her now husband, Tony and continues to lead a normal life One thing I really loved about this book is that it shatters a lot of myths surrounding the profession Yes, profession It explains a variety of reasons that women end up doing this kind of work, the pressures and trials they face but some like Jen thrive in this environment, it gives them the empowerment and strength to get over the bad things in their lives and makes them stronger for it On the reason side, some of this book was hard to read, especially concerning Sophie and the bad clients Jen had but it is glamorising the profession, it is realistic, hard hitting and an exceptional read When writing a book about being a prostitute, perhaps don t act so superior to OTHER working girls She came off as a total self obsessed jerk Plus, the writing was poor so I m not so sure why she was teaching anywhere. Who would have thought that a book about a professor moonlighting as a callgirl could be long and boring Angel has managed that feat andShe spends most of the time complaining that all prostitutes are stereotyped as various things while frequently engaging in these stereotypical behaviors yet she generalizes the entire male population as one giant stereotype She s frequently insulting and just plain a poor writer Go read something else.


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