Interpretation of prostitution with the help of language

Carlos (@carlos) · · 0 · 0

As it is clear, in order to make a proper distinction between prostitutes and escorts, it seems we will have to go into more details. We have to take into consideration every little detail due to the linguistic difficulties. First of all, we should mention the profession itself has been always changing, never staying the same. Well, as I referred to it, I am going to use the word
prostitute as a collective noun in which I will represent prostitutes and escorts and try to give an answer to those open questions that often share the public. I don’t think the vocabulary is enough to describe the various forms of prostitution. Besides, our words have so many meanings that can lead to misunderstandings. Let’s see those chicks first who dig gold at the side of a wealthy man in return for sex or those women who marry a man or rather his money. Moreover, here is the new application, Tinder, a sex-partner finder, which is used by many to offer sex in return for money or something else such as an expensive dinner or travel. This is also prostitution, isn’t it? With similar examples I want to show how diverse the profession is and sometimes simply there are no words to name newer and newer services. The outcome is always the same: some sexual service, although the form of implementation, the conditions of advertisement, the visit to the guest etc. always change. Let’s see an example, what I am thinking about exactly, starting from the English language! In this way I would like to clarify how the words got their meaning and where these words got hindered in their development. The English language and its history can demonstrate very well how the language itself made distinctions within the sex business. The English noun prostitute has been used since 1610, which came from Latin prostituta. Before the word turned up in the island, the word whore had been used (Middle English) and around 1530 written sources the Old English word hore is mentioned to describe sex workers. Thus we see that the word prostitute is a Latin international word which later appeared in every language with very slight differences in form. The evolution of this word, however, is more complex. The word prostitute is a very good example as it conserved a lot of information concerning the ancient profession, but it even reminds of how escort business developed. As I have mentioned, every nation has their original word for prostitution that is either usually a word compound or a new word. Such is the English compound street walker, meaning prostitute or whore hooking on streets, carrying the information how the profession operates: prostitutes walking in the allotted areas to pick up clients. These prostitutes were very similar to the common ones today, who were squeezed out of cities to work along main roads. The word compound can be dated back to 1590, while a new one was born in the 20th century: call-girl. According to dictionary definitions, the word means the prostitute who fixes time point on phone with guests when to carry out the sex business. These call-girls now became dubbed escort girls, and I think the word escort, like prostitute, exists in every language, referring to the kind of prostitute who arranges times point with clients on phone. After all, all the words such as prostitute, escort, whore etc. refer to only one thing: a woman asking for money to have sex, however, the type of the service has to be called with some euphemistic name due to the fact that open prostitution is illegal. Anyway, it is interesting to investigate the origin of words referring to the sex business because in this way we can get an insight how it worked in the past. If we look at call girls or escorts we can see not only an improvement in the form of service of the profession but how the demand changed with the new communication technologies as well. We can witness how creatively the profession adapt to the new circumstances. But now let’s have a closer look at the word call girl! Well the compound suggests a woman who fixes the time and place of the sex-business via phone. At that time there were no male prostitutes as there is no any word to prove it. However, today there are males who do escort services, which was unthinkable at that time as homosexuals were not too popular. Male prostitutes were not allowed to stroll on streets like street walker female prostitutes, neither were they allowed to fix time points on phone. Why? In England, for example, it was illegal to be a male prostitute until 1967. In addition, who turned out to be homosexual was not safe at all. I think most of my readers must have seen the movie Brokeback Mountain about two gay cowboys. It doesn’t set in the beginning of this century still the two characters got beaten to death because of their other sexual orientation. If you remember, one of them had the habit of going to Mexico screwing young male prostitutes. The issue of male prostitutes was always a taboo, but today if you go on an escort site you can see lots of gay prostitutes and shemales. However, the language, our vocabulary couldn’t follow this quick change, that’s why we don’t have the word covering properly the meaning of male prostitute, which makes the differentiation more complicated.

Prostitution used to be the part of everyday culture. There were brothels to satisfy the needs of every social stratum, from working class to aristocrat, but they didn’t employ male prostitutes, which is part of the problem, as we cannot just say that prostitutes are those who work along streets, roads or at brothels, escorts make an appointment with the client and meet them at a fixed place at a fixed time. This definition would be very superficial, leaving lots of questions unanswered. 

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