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You can get a degree in anything these days.

A school where one learns to... well, be a member of The Oldest Profession, usually as a High-Class Call Girl. Rather than what you might first imagine—Double Pole-Dancing and bondage—the classes are more likely to be on seduction, etiquette and entertaining. The women are trained to serve wealthy, sophisticated clients who want more than just a good time between the sheets. By the time she graduates, she'll be equally confident ordering wine at a fine restaurant, attending an opera soiree, or lounging in a silk negligee.

Related to Band of Brothels.

Despite the title, this trope is completely unrelated to Ohtori Academy.


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    Fan Works 
  • In the Ranma ½ parody webcomic The Hentai Zone, Fūrinkan High School becomes one of these.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Predestination. The protagonist is recruited into the Space Corps which recruits women to provide sexual and emotional comfort for astronauts on long term missions. Rather than prostitutes (who are often psychologically unsuitable for space work) the recruiters prefer virgins because they can be trained from scratch.

  • In Mikhail Akhmanov and Christopher Nicholas Gilmore's Captain French, or the Quest for Paradise, the titular character occasionally mentions the Order of Carnal Pleasures on the planet Dolores Rose. There are no taboos regarding this profession on the planet. Besides, they're much more like Greek hetaeras and High Class Call Girls than street walkers, being schooled in dancing, singing, grace, the art of lovemaking, and table setting. The word "prostitute" is frowned upon on that world. In fact, the Order is unionized, so fair wages are guaranteed. French also tells of a device invented on a communist world that measures a person's happiness. He purchases the plans for the device and sells it to the Order, who install it on all the beds in their Happy Houses and use it to charge clients based on the level of pleasure they have received (above the minimum rate, of course). The funny part comes from the fact that French is telling this to Archon Geoffrey, a priest on the planet Murphy currently under the control of a religious group. The Archon is, naturally, horrified to learn of French selling this device to a house of sin and refusing to sell it to him.
  • Codex Alera: Lord Kalare is said to have used a training program incorporating this as well as other things for his female agents. The Cursor academy also had classes on this, though not all female agents were required to attend (the one female Cursor who is a major character didn't).
  • The Guild of Seamstresses in the Discworld provides skills training at all levels in the Profession.
  • The Bene Gesserit in Dune are a faction who plans to manipulate the breeding lines of the great houses to produce a Kwisatz Haderach. As such they often manipulate individuals to marry, or a Bene Gesserit will marry into a particular family, all in the hopes that someday they will accomplish their goal. Later in the series, we see the Honored Matres, who are more explicitly a school of seduction.
  • The Court of Night Blooming Flowers in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series is a collection of brothels in a society in which prostitution is considered a sacred calling. Courtesans who are born in or adopted into the Night Court are given instruction in the arts of the salon (music, etiquette, etc.) as well as the arts of the bedchambers. It's an apprenticeship system, with titles and rites of initiation. You are expected to pay off your debt to the House that raised and trained you by working for them (though not necessarily as a prostitute) as part of Indentured Servitude (since they did spend money on making you a courtesan after all). There are a few loopholes in it, however, which the lead of the first Trilogy works at closing so no one will be abused.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha shows how the girls work their way up in an apprentice-type system. While a literal example of this trope, as geisha are taught to be seductive and beautiful, they are not taught actual sex, and the instances where they work as prostitutes are unconnected with their training.
  • The Rainbow Cadenza is a science fiction novel by J. Neil Schulman, in which women are drafted not as soldiers but as prostitutes (as men vastly outnumber women). One scene has the female protagonist being taught fellatio by a homosexual instructor.
  • Halrloprillalar Hotrufan in Larry Niven's Ringworld is a highly trained ship's whore/diplomat aboard a relativistic City Builder ship. She has also had thousands of years of sexual experience to sharpen her skills. A few touches is enough to get any human (or Human Alien) male full of lust. Her position was important on a ship of mostly males on long sublight voyages (especially since there are no sexual taboos among City Builders).

    Live-Action TV 
  • An unexpected variation in one episode of Criminal Minds (though it's only mentioned, not actually seen): The "class" a madam provides for her call girls is in staying under the radar. How to behave and look like you belong in polite society, how to walk into a hotel like a registered guest instead of a prostitute. It helps the team realize that the client-murdering call girl they're looking for was born in the upper class, because she didn't need help fitting into those environments. She also, presumably, didn't need any help in the actual seduction either, since tracking her that way isn't even discussed.
  • The various Companion temples in Firefly.
    • In "Heart of Gold", Inara, the Serenity's resident Companion, who normally resents the word "whore", freely uses it in relation to the girls working at a brothel her friend is running. The difference? The girls are only taught the usual sex-related tricks but none of the true Companion training.
  • The Wife Bank in Lexx, at which unwanted girls are abandoned by their parents, raised in boxes by impersonal holograms to be fawning and sexually insatiable, and then given as presents to the sons of upper-class families. (Graduates who "fail to perform their wifely duties" are electronically brainwashed into "love slaves", with an unstable, psychotic, one-track-minded devotion — and an expiry date. Yep, Crapsack World.)
    Holographic Matron: Lesson 376. Your husband asks you, "Do you think I'm fat?" What is the correct answer?
    1. "No!"
    2. "It's not what you look like on the outside, but the man on the inside that matters to me."
    3. "I like a man with a lot of meat on his bones! Can we get naked now and play Ride the Tower of Power?"
    Zev: (hesitantly) "It's not what you look like on the outside, but the man on the inside that matters to me"?
    Holographic Matron: Wrong! The correct answer is: "I like a man with a lot of meat on his bones! Can we get naked now and play Ride the Tower of Power?"

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    Video Games 
  • Eva in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater admits to going to one of these as a child... where the Boss was an instructor. Considering her "talents" (both types), without a doubt it was one of these, or at least had it as a major. According to the Metal Gear Solid Database, the "Charm School" was a Philosopher-run facility for the training of female spies and sleepers, so it was probably more the latter case.

    Real Life 
  • It's claimed the KGB had one of these in Real Life, to train Honey Trap agents.
    • The Stasi in East Germany appear to have done so as well, to train their male "Romeo agents" to seduce West German women with access to sensititive information.
  • An apocryphal claim about Japan's supposed obsession with schooling consists of the idea that they have schools for literally everything, even this type.
    • Although the actual training for oirans (prostitutes/courtisans) and geishas is more like an apprenticeship.
  • Jay Leno once commented on reports that a real one had opened up in Amsterdam. "I don't know which would be worse: failing out or being Valedictorian."
  • High-class prostitutes — hetairai, courtesans — often had to be trained for the high-class portion of their occupations. Geisha are not prostitutes, however; they were not taught sexual acts, and focused on the arts, like music and dancing.
  • Aspasia of Miletos, common law wife of Pericles of Athens headed a school for hetaira according to Plutarch, given that he was writing centuries later and his sources were based on (very) old gossip it may not be true.
  • The Trabaja Ya school in Spain due to prostitution being legal.