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How much would you pay to be my friend?

June 3, 2013

I am on my way to D.C. for a health analytics conference, where I hope to learn the state of the art for health data and modeling. So stay tuned for updates on that.

In the meantime, ponder this concept (hat tip Matt Stoller, who describes it as ‘neoliberal prostitution’). It’s a dating website called “What’s Your Price?” where suitors bid for dates.

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What’s creepier, the sex-for-pay aspect of this, or the it’s-possibly-not-about-sex-it’s-about-dating aspect? I’m gonna go with the latter, personally, since it’s a new idea for me. What else can I monetize that I’ve been giving away too long for free?

Hey, kid, you want a bedtime story? It’s gonna cost you.

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  1. June 3, 2013 at 8:04 am

    wow… so much honesty hurts.


  2. June 3, 2013 at 8:49 am

    This is a Nevada brothel the way Goldman Sachs would build one.


    • June 3, 2013 at 9:01 am

      It is only appropiate that a “John” would make a comment in this post 😉


  3. Zathras
    June 3, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Here are some others: http://www.oddee.com/item_98141.aspx


  4. June 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

    They definitely try to stress it as it’s-possibly-not-about-sex-it’s-about-dating aspect in advertisement. In fact, they seem to have a whole anti-escort disclaimer, although I always thought escorts also advertise as a “date”.


  5. josh
    June 3, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Well, you could lease your body in a different way — use it as a billboard.

    Hat tip to Michael Sandel whose excellent book “What Money Can’t Buy: Moral Limits to Markets”. He has this example and many other disturbing ones that show that while there may be moral limits to markets, there don’t seem to be many legal or practical ones.

    Professor Sandel, among others, are discussing these issues next week at a free public forum in Central Park. http://www.shakespeareinthepark.org/?_escaped_fragment_=the-public-forum/c100q#!the-public-forum/c100q

    Sandel does Socratic dialogues. I’d love to see Jamie Dimon or David Koch will show up to discuss the question.

    Jamie and David, don’t worry, you don’t need to wait on line, you can pay to bypass it.


  6. Steve Stein
    June 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    These things used to be in the back pages of The Boston Phoenix back in the day. Sadly the Phoenix is no longer with us, so we’ll have to make do.


  7. Patrick
    June 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Coase’s Theorem applied to creepiness.


  8. David
    June 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I bid 100M USD for a date with the math babe…


    • June 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Done and done.


    • ScentOfViolets
      June 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Two hundred quatloos for the math babe!


    • Cynicism
      June 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I find your proposal rather indecent


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