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Is prostitution more enjoyable than programming?

 
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It has been one of the great blogging success stories, not to mention literary mysteries. But now the true identity of the Diary of a London Call Girl blogger has been revealed, by Belle de Jour herself. The blog, based upon a secret life covering 14 months as a high class escort and prostitute in London, spawned a successful national newspaper column, a best-selling book and even a TV movie.

For a number of years now speculation has been rife as to who Belle de Jour really was, with the media 'outing' everyone from the editor of the Erotic Review (Rowan Pelling) to best selling novelist and author of How To Lose Friends And Alienate people, Toby Young. While the notion of Belle de Jour being a balding man was amusing, the actual revelation of identity has been no less shocking. The woman behind the blog, and who did indeed work as a £300 per hour hooker in London six years ago, is actually now a respected research scientist called Dr Brooke Magnanti.

Dr Magnanti is a developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology specialist, and turned to prostitution in 2003 when she was having money troubles during the final stages of her PhD thesis. The 34 year old told the Sunday Times that she has no regrets and that while she "did have another job at one point, as a computer programmer" she kept up with the prostitution as "it was so much more enjoyable".

So there you have it, prostitution is more enjoyable than computer programming. Truth be told, at a rate of £300 per hour it pays better as well.

 
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>> So there you have it, prostitution is more enjoyable than computer programming.

I'm not going to give my job up just yet, if you don't mind :)

 
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niek_e, no one minds, because no one wants to have sex with you anyway.

 
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Touché.

 
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I am happy for her. If you are good at something you don't do it for free.

 
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To be fair, she seems to be good at two things: writing (her fourth book is due soon, and the first three have been best sellers) and cancer research. Those are the things we should be celebrating, not the fact that she ended up prostituting herself in order to complete her education surely?

 
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Why would you not celebrate her prostitution? What's wrong with prostitution?

And at £300 an hour, I'd expect she was pretty damn good at it. So that's three things, not two.

 
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More enjoyable? Only could say if I tried it, but that's a tad hard when you look like a heavy-weight and tend to speak in guttural tongues when tired.

And if it's only enjoyable because of the money; then it doesn't sound that great(I mental challenges).

 
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Who says it's only enjoyable because of the money?

 
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You didn't read the condition IF ONLY; since, what percentage of prostitutes are high-class?

 
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You're trying to muddy the waters based on something you admit you have no experience with.

 
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Then why are you biting the bait, if you see the hook?

Reread it, read the Time's article link, analyze it and you'll see it was all about the money.

 
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What? You mean this quote?

“I did have another job at one point, as a computer programmer, but I kept up with my other work because it was so much more enjoyable.”

Sounds like she enjoyed her work to me.

But hell, you could also throw out this equally meaningless statement:

"And if computer programming's only enjoyable because of the money; then it doesn't sound that great."

 
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"And if [Job-X]'s only enjoyable because of the money; then it doesn't sound that great."

Sounds like a creed to live by. You also forgot the "I [need] mental challenges" part.

And my first comment was referring to how I(not her) would likely not enjoy it more than programming.

 
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0.0005%?

 
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i'd have thought that either profession would leave you feeling used and abused. At least thats how I feel at the end of the day.

 
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That's so pathetic and sad that such a potential person went down on prostitution just for money/pleasure. I feel sorry/sad for her!

She has lost almost any sight of virtue. I hope she'll regret it because it is a bad thing. (and to all who say it's nothing wrong: you're sick and blind of the sin you carry with you!).

Why the history is getting darker? Because people like staying in the dark, not seeing their sins... they don't want to be enlightened, they don't want to see their filthiness!

 
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Work culture at many software companies are worse than 24x7 call center, atleast in call center you have got 2 shifts , in software company there is one shift only . Here is modified version of vision of billion dollar software company.
"Welcome to slave network. Changing the way slaves work, live,play and learn ;-) Shape the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented opportunties for your manager to screw you up the ###."

 
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hey she said (HIGH CLASS PROSTITUTE), so she got to pick who she slept with fro money. If she was hot, then im sure she got to pick the wealthy good looking guys, so she is not only enjoying a life a lot might want but is making more in a day, then probalby anyone on this forum. SHe could do 1 jon a day for only 3 days a week and make much more then me.

 
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Alex:

"That's so pathetic and sad that such a potential person went down on prostitution just for money/pleasure. I feel sorry/sad for her!

She has lost almost any sight of virtue. I hope she'll regret it because it is a bad thing. (and to all who say it's nothing wrong: you're sick and blind of the sin you carry with you!).

Why the history is getting darker? Because people like staying in the dark, not seeing their sins... they don't want to be enlightened, they don't want to see their filthiness!"

Your idea of virtue isn't perfect. Taking a utilitarian point of view, since she was happy (she enjoyed the sex and achieved a higher goal: her degree) and I'm sure that her clients were happy, then the action is good because everyone is happy except you (and you don't count, your viewpoint has no basis in logic, it only has a basis in Jesus).

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