It turns out that ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase was right: Everybody’s got a price.
“Dating” websites that pair up attractive young females with well-off, lonely males is nothing new. We ran a fascinating interview with WhatsYourPrice.com founder Brandon Wade in April 2011, for example. The newness factor comes in the niche — this site making the rounds called MissTravel.com bills itself as “the only online dating website for travelers, and more specifically, we match Generous travelers who hate to travel alone with Attractive travelers who would love the opportunity to travel the world for free.”
Here’s the promotional video setting the Internets on fire:
As long as there are men with money, women with looks, bottles of Viagra and the eroticism of boning on a scenic beach in Phuket or an open shower on the Mediterranean, there will be sex deals. As long as there are broke college girls and struggling young professionals, as long as there are Forever Alones with big cash hordes, as long as there are places to go in the world, there will be sex deals.
Why are people so surprised these sex deals are coming online? Why are people shocked by this development? So what: The oldest profession in the world is legitimizing, as it should.
If you read one take on this, make it Jezebel’s Lindy West’s post, which makes some fantastic points bathed entirely in rational thought. But I do want to piggyback on her conclusion:
No disagreement there. But one thing to consider about “dishonesty and coercion.” By creating websites like these, by bringing these deals from Craigslist and BackPage to legit endeavors, the probability for dishonesty and coercion (and for future real-life Hostel sequels) decreases. Unless these men provided MissTravel.com with fake credit card info and identification (entirely possible), chances are these men will treat their attractive females better knowing they can be tracked down easily.
There is nothing revolutionary about this — it’s simply a new-ish medium. And the more sites like this pop up, the more legitimate the entire enterprise gets; and the more legitimate this whole thing gets, the better the odds are of an above-board deal in which nobody gets hurt (physically, at least).
In a way, if you care about respecting women, you should be rooting for more MissTravel.coms.
What do you think? Would love to hear from you on this subject in the comments…
UPDATE: Miss Travel hit us up on Twitter: “though we only agree with parts of your article, we do like many of your defense points. There will always be people who use tools like this for nefarious purposes, and we do our best to prevent that. We want people to travel and fall in love.”
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