Friday, July 20, 2007
To Prostitute or Not to Prostitute
This isn't my original blog topic, but I didn't want a whining complaining blog to sit up here all weekend so you get this one!
I was reading an article in the paper last night. It was a rather long article about the Mustang Ranch in Nevada. For those who don't know, it was built in 1957 and was a brothel. The original owner was sought for tax evasion and fled the country. The government closed it down and confiscated the building and recently sold it. Anyway the new owner picked the building up and moved it to a location across from his Wild Horse Club (another brothel). In the Wild Horse club the clients mingle with the prostitutes like at a bar and then they go off. They say the new Mustang ranch will be run just like the old one where the client comes in and the "girls" are lined up and he walks down the line and picks the one he likes.
Where am I going with this? Well, I write westerns and most of my books have a prostitute or brothel in them because at that time women had fewer options. If they didn't know how to read or write it was hard to make a living in a "man's world". For many of the prostitutes it was a meal and a roof over their heads.
But in today's world- why would a woman want to be a prostitute? I don't get it. With all the diseases and having to have sex with any man who picks you... I find that repulsive. But what of your heroines. Which, if any, of your heroines would become a prostitute in say a place like the Mustang ranch and why? What would be their motivation? Money? Sex? Shock Factor?