In some works of fiction, prostitution is portrayed as a dream job, or at least as a joyful and reasonably unproblematic career, even if other jobs can still be even better.
Common elements include:
- They have lots and lots of enjoyable sex, essentially getting paid to have a good time.
- The job offers no physical stresses: sexually-transmitted diseases don't exist; women never have unwanted pregnancies; no one has to work when not "in the mood." Working girls and guys also have complete control over the calendar and can take time off whenever they want.
- The social stigma attached to prostitution is either nonexistent or very mild.
- They make lots of money with no taxes and no one demanding a cut (see #6).
- They are always treated well: no customers are violent or dangerous; no one is unwashed, unsanitary, or unsavory. If the customer has a kink, it's one that the prostitute is happy to indulge. No one ever has to do for money what s/he wouldn't do otherwise — or if s/he does, this doesn't cause any emotional problems afterward.
- The pimp or madam, if one exists, is always looking out for the best interests of the prostitute and is nothing but kind.
- Everybody cheerfully pays whatever her going rate is. She never gets stiffed.
If a character in this role has a personality of her own (rather than being a pure Ms. Fanservice
or similar), don't be surprised if she's a really good person
who you can really talk with
Sometimes Truth in Television
in regard to #1, #2 and #5, since the girls would try to avoid at all costs people who look dangerous, violent, gross, visibly drunk or drugged, and respond to people who look nice, for their own safety
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sex work being portrayed as unproblematic is a trope.
Anime and Manga
- In the hentai comedy manga Spunky Knight, the exceptionally lusty female protagonist is a part time adventurer for hire, part time prostitute. She only prefers adventuring because the brothel customers aren't as exciting as those she encounters on missions.
- Ironically, being a prostitute actually pays the bills a LOT better even though she takes on a lot of high paying mercenary jobs.
- Played very straight in Buck Godot, where the Velvet Fist is a famous galactic corporate brothel-empire and the workers therein are, as far as we know, quite happy with their jobs.
- Vary in Finder: her job has its stresses, and she's more complex than the usual example of this trope, but she's still mostly fulfilled and happy in her career. It's clear that nastier forms of prostitution do exist in the Finder universe, however.
- The American, where the main character starts dating a woman that he's been buying sex from and after barely interacting with her apart from that. There doesn't even seem to be any problem with the line between work and personal relationships here.
- Deconstructing Harry has Cookie Williams, a hired professional who seems at peace with her choice ("beats waitressing") and overall well adjusted.
- In Pretty Woman, a hooker (played by Julia Roberts) is picked up by a millionaire (played by Richard Gere) and they fall in love. Julia's character is a good person (although she does have some emotional baggage, it's not related to her work) and, over the course of the week he hired her for, completely turns around the millionaire's way of dealing with the world through her sheer goodness and sweetness. Although this is a change he wanted to do for as long as he can remember - what she gave him is emotional support rather than insights. His business partner doesn't care either way about her, until she gets in his way; then he calls her a dirty whore and tries to rape her.
- Sin City: While the violence and drugs are present, the girls have banded together so there are no pimps and violent customers are quickly disposed of without police interference. However, they are constantly threatened by the organized crime families.
- In Caligula Caligula decides the best way to recover from government debt is to turn the wives of all the senators into prostitutes, with the government getting the money. While the senators themselves protest, the wives seem at least OK with it - anyway, we don't see any complaining, and we see lots of them on the job.
- In Mammoth Selling sex and "girlfriend experience" to silly white guys comes across as emotionally stressful or maybe even draining... But it still comes across as far less awful than the alternatives presented. Try being a night-shift doctor, not getting enough sleep and spending your nights watching children die without being able to save them. Or try being a nanny, hearing on the phone how your own children's lives are spiraling into hell while you are busy taking care of another woman's child... a rich woman who is jealous of you, frightened that her daughter may love you more than she loves her.
- In Trading Places, Jamie Lee Curtis plays a prostitute who gives a short rundown of the reasons why it's a safe and profitable venture for her.
- Moulin Rouge! is a deconstructed version. Satine appears to be this trope, reveling in the fortune and fame of being the nightclub/brothel's star attraction, but in reality it's more of a Gilded Cage for her. As the film goes on, we see how little control over her life she actually has.
- Two and a Half Men: to the point where Alan's attempts at being respectful to a hooker was a joke
- Game Of Thrones: Even when a hooker leaves town to seek success in the big city, she sticks to being a hooker. Her pimp is actually depicted as one of the more sympathetic characters and when the facade breaks it is because of his Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder, not his establishment. Oh, and apparently hookers here genuinely like having sex with each other on demand. On the other hand, unwanted pregnancies are quite frequent, judging by the noisy litter of children in said brothel's garden, and in case of the king's numerous bastards, become a major plot point... also, Jon Snow appeared to be very much aware of and bothered by this issue.
- Season 2 in general seems to be averting this, sometimes to disturbing extremes.
- Firefly shows two extreme ends of the spectrum of prositution:
- The Companions Guild, whose members are among the Alliance's upper class, can wield a fair amount of influence with their favored clients. It is also Guild law that a Companion chooses her clients, and they are paid very well for what they do. Companions get regular health screenings and have systems in place to blacklist clients who don't treat them with respect. One such Companion, Inara, is considered to be the most respectable of Serenity's crew (above the on-board reverend, even), and the only one who makes a completely "honest" living. She is shown to enjoy most aspects of her work, but at the same time her lifestyle causes some degree of friction. One of her clients snubs her when she politely refuses to settle down with him (and it is implied that this happens a lot) and another calls her a "whore" when he loses his temper with her (and she subsequently blacklists him from the client registry). Companions are also more than simply prostitutes, and are shown providing counsel and psychological help with their clients.
- "Heart Of Gold" shows the other side, with a whorehouse run by Nandi, a former Companion, where the girls are explicitly not Companions. Their harsh lives make a big contrast against the good companion life. Nandi also remarks that it used to be much worse, with many of the girls being abused drug addicts, until she killed the brothel's previous owner and seized control.
- Dollhouse either something-verts this or it encompasses most versions with how their whores don't mind it at the time and don't remember it later. They are very well-paid in flat-rate service, their pimp tends to protect them, and they don't even know they're being prostituted, genuinely believing that they are in love during the encounter.
- Later though things aren't so glamorous.
- That Mitchell and Webb Look parodies this using the recurring scriptwriters who never, ever do any research. Their show "My Shags as a Whore" is about a prostitute who outright states that "being a prostitute is brilliant!"
Who wants to be a doctor or a lawyer when you can be a prostitute like me? A proper one I mean, not one of those grim ones, a nice, pretty, clean one, which in reality, most of are.
- Dragon Age: Origins, which comments on just about any other aspect of Thedas society, doesn't use the brothels for anything but throwaway sexual adventures for the player and sources for information about missing people (because everyone seems to frequent them).
- Mostly avoided in Fallout 2, in which many prostitutes are Jet addicts, and some in New Reno are actually chattel slaves. Played straight in the case of the Cat's Paw, which seems to be a brothel of clean, consenting, prostitutes who take professional pride in their skills.
- The Slave Maker flash game depicts this completely straight. Very rarely are prostitutes unhappy about their profession.
- Not completely straight with the PC slaves, unless the Obedience and Joy stats are high.
- In Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, you can convince a maid to give up her terrible job for a glamorous career as a brothel prostitute. You can visit her later at the brothel, where she is ecstatic about her new job and even gives you a freebie as thanks. One has to wonder exactly what her old job required of her...