About two weeks ago, a Nevada bawdy house named the Shady Lady Ranch announced an employment opportunity for a gigolo.
Maybe as good an indicator as any of how the economy is doing is that 150 men applied for the job. And, yesterday the brothel announced it had hired one of them. Just one.
The lucky, or desperate guy, (pictured above) calls himself “Markus.” If you have ever had a drink in one of these places you know Nevada brothels offer “menus.” Starting this weekend at the Shady Lady, Markus is the menu item named “The Boyfriend Experience.”
It all raises, pardon the expression, an obvious question. If men are already going to this whorehouse to have meaningless, animal sex and women start going to this whorehouse to have meaningless, animal sex what is the whorehouse for except to provide a place to meet? Why even bother with the whores, male and female? What is to stop all those potential clients of both sexes from just hooking up?
Bobbi Davis, who runs the Shady Lady, has already thought of that, too. Female customers will not be allowed to mix with the rough necks in the main building. Women who show up, and who are buying not selling, will be escorted to Markus’ private cabin out back.
Is This Serious
Nevada has mixed feelings about prostitution. On the one hand, tax revenue from legal brothels has helped several counties get through the current recession. There has been a proposal on the table in Las Vegas for the last year to legalize prostitution there. On the other hand, most of Nevada is still an old-fashioned, Mormon, cowboy state and a lot of the citizens do not want their children to know where the money for that new police car came from.
The Shady Lady thinks it can further penetrate the sex-starved demographic by growing a “new segment of the brothel market.” But not everyone is convinced this is going to work out.
The Nevada Brothel Association is opposed to the notion putting male whores in the brothels. George Flint, the spokesman for the Association thinks boy-toys like Markus will only attract sexually frustrated homosexuals and that will ruin the brothel business for everybody.
Flint mocks the idea that women will drive to Petticoat Junction, Nevada just to buy quality time with Markus. “Women want to be wined and dined, cajoled and chatted up, maybe have lunch before sex,” Flint said recently. “They can go to a cocktail lounge and have their pick of guys in 10 minutes. They’re not going to drive 400 miles round-trip to pay $300 for sex.”
The Midnight Cowboy Speaks
But Markus thinks women will. Markus thinks he is worth it. Of course, he also calls himself a “surrogate lover” and claims to be a civil rights pioneer.
“It’s just the same as when Rosa Parks decided to sit at the front instead of the back,” Markus modestly allowed in an interview with an English newspaper. “She was proclaiming her rights as a disadvantaged, African-American, older woman. And I’m doing the same…. This actually isn’t about selling my body. This is about changing social norms.”
In addition to being a sensitive and courageous idealist, Markus is also billing himself as a former Marine and a former porn-star. And, completely heterosexual and absolutely prejudice free.
“I’m an equal opportunity employer,” Markus said in the same interview. “I don’t discriminate based on race, color, creed, ethnicity, or skin tone. Notice I left gender out. That’s for a reason.”