Radio 65, side B, track 6: “Hooker Hotels”

hookerOh, KISD FM,  having inadvertently picked up a hooker myself, I can tell you that unlike what the guy glibly sings in this little comedy(?) bit, a hooker would NOT be swell.  Growing up, I had a very naive understanding of prostitution.  I’m going to blame “Night Court” and “Pretty Woman”, maybe “Risky Business” and “Night Shift”, too.  Probably throw in “Bachelor Party” for good measure.  Prostitutes were usually beautiful, a little rough around the edges (but in a cute way), maybe a little too sassy and a tad too raunchy at times, but at the end of the day, they were just some girls who were out for a good time.  They were punchlines.  They were plot points.  Let’s throw a hooker into the mix and see what happens.

Now that I think about it, my co-worker and I were just talking about some of the brutal stories in the Old Testament, and it reminded me that as a kid I’d scour the Bible for sex scenes (of which there were quite a few) when I was bored at church (which was most of the time), and there was at least one story I can remember involving a woman posing as a prostitute to have sex with her husband’s dad?  I don’t know if I’m remembering it quite right, but point is, I actually started learning about prostitutes at a very young age, but none of the portrayals I ever saw or read about were particularly realistic.  I now realize that the whole situation is pretty sad and horrible, but when your main teachers are Dan Fielding, God, and Bronson Pinchot, you can’t blame a guy for being a little ignorant on the subject.

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