When I was in college, I worked as a nanny and a waitress in order to pay my bills. Apparently I could’ve been making much better money as a “sugar baby,” a woman who finds an older man to offer her “financial pampering” in return for sex. Now one website says it saw a massive increase last year in the number of female students signing up to be sugar babies. Cool career move, ladies!
The website says almost 3,000 American women used the site last year to find a “sugar daddy” to pay for their education. (I refuse to name the website, since this entire “sugar babies” promotion comes from them and I already feel dirty for bringing it up.)
The top schools represented were Georgia State University and New York University. The University of Georgia also made the top 10, along with three schools in Florida: University of Central Florida (#4), University of Southern Florida (#5), and Florida International University (#7).
One student sugar baby last year said she brings in between $10,000 and $20,000 a month, and has received cars, jewelry, and vacations. “The lesson here… ask and you shall receive,” she said. “My dreams came true after my parents stopped supporting me when I was 18.”
My dreams came true at around that point, too! I got my degree and then started supporting myself financially, like magic. I’m not much of a jewelry person, but I own a car and I take vacations without having to put out for some wrinkly old creep.
Then again, these women aren’t stupid. From the beginning of time, some young women have found an advantage in trading their sexuality for financial stability. The only twist here is the educational component, which makes these transactions feel short-term and quasi-respectable. It’s easy to understand the calculation made by a sexy young woman with very few financial resources.
But what happens to them after graduation? As one Daily Mail commenter puts it, “Let me get this straight. They seek out for men to give them $10,000 to $20,000 a month to pursue an education that will result in what? 3,000 to 5,000 a month? (Ya know given your average earnings a new graduate will have!) Skip the education! Sounds like you’ve found your career!”