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Wappiors of Viptue


Reading a new Laurell K. Hamilton book. I'm not so enamored with her new obsession with sex since it seems to have taken over everything that she writes. It's like a chocolate cake with frosting-- a little frosting goes a long way.

But there is an intriguing bit where the princess is negotiating with the goblins for time and support, and one of the negotiating points is sex with her. It's taken completely in stride within the context of the political structure of that world, but it actually brought me out of the story.

I was just thinking whether sex is something that could be negotiated for in daily life. It could be like barter. Want your car fixed? A nice sexy evening with some body lotion and a nice crème rinse. A vacation in Europe? A week for a week. A collector's edition CD of This is Spinal Tap? A handjob in the stockroom.

It would certainly make contract negotiations more fun. Getting a raise would be a completely different experience.

And really, if good sex were more freely available, wouldn't we all be a little happier?

You'd never really have to worry about money again, unless you were a really bad lay-- so it would provide incentive to become really good at sex. Hell, you could even pursue a career that you liked, instead of having to wage-slave yourself out just to make ends meet.

Self-confidence would improve. People would be healthier and happier.

You know, I'm liking this idea more and more.

Maybe I should start accepting sexual favors as payment for my services. Sure, the movement won't get really rolling until enough people decide to make it happen, but eventually it can become the new currency that you can never lose. No government could ever control what you were worth, money would eventually become obsolete, and personal wealth would become a thing of the past.

So if you are an artist or a free-thinking individual who believes in trade and barter, I encourage you to start accepting sex as currency.

Do your part to help make the world a better place.

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fairoriana
Jan. 13th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
I think negotiation around sex takes place in most marriages -- maybe not so directly but somewhat.

Please keep in mind that for every one who makes money using sexual favors, someone has to spend money for the favors. How would your self-confidence improve if you were bankrupting yourself for sex?

And STDs... whew! That would be trouble.
magicmarmot
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
Negotiation around sex in marriages-- that is something that really yakns my chain, because I read it as using (or withholding) sex to manipulate your partner into doing your bidding, and that is more of a power play.
I'm not saying that you should always have sex, but that it should be something that is mutually fun and not a tool or a weapon.

Also, I'm not talking about sex-for-money or money-for-sex here, I'm talking about barter and the removal of money from the equation completely. Using sex as a metaphor here involves a bit of faciety on my part (not that I would be misleading or duplicitous or anything), and the deeper concept is the elimination of currency completely.

But don't tell anybody. :)
fairoriana
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
Nah, I think marriage is all about negotiation, including in sex. It's give and take. But you're right -- never as a weapon.

Elimination of currency would suck.
magicmarmot
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
Why would elimination of currency suck?
fairoriana
Jan. 13th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
How could I barter with someone a long way away? What's in it for power companies, for phone companies? Besides, there's always the problem of you have a pig and I have a cow. I want some bacon, but we'd both have to slaughter our animals to make any sort of exchange. Society as we know it would vanish, and probably a good portion of the population since we rely on big businesses to create, manufacture, and distribute our food and people would starve.
magicmarmot
Jan. 13th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
Well, okay, but aside from that, what's the downside? :)
fairoriana
Jan. 13th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
Well, other than the destruction of civilization as we know it, not much!
mesmericone
Jan. 13th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Isn't that what "women of the streets" already do? Actually, in the AF, my friend and I were seriously talking about putting together a brothel.....

Madame Jolene......I can see it now:)
magicmarmot
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
When you consider prostitution, that is an exchange of sexual favors for money (or something of strictly monetary value), like forty bucks for a blowjob. I'm talking more about eliminating money entirely, and bartering sex for something else, like a product or service.
For instance, I do massages. There is nothing that says that I can't provide a massage to somebody in exchange for something else, say groceries or vetrinary service. As long as both parties agree, it's a private matter. Alaska works this way a lot.
Now what's to keep me from expanding the things that I accept into sex? I'm not putting a monetary value on it; in fact I'm removing the abstraction of monetary value completely.

When were you in the AF? And why didn't you put together a brothel? :)
mesmericone
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
I was in the AF from 1987-1991. I am a Gulf War veteran. We didn't put together a brothel for several facts: a. I hung out w/mostly guys who I didn't know a lot of women b. The whole money thing, you get paid shitty for serving your country c. Knowing my luck, I would have been caught & court martialed.

I did go to a strip club w/some friends of mine. A stripper sat down at our table to shoot the shit. She told me that I had a great body to strip.......I was so TEMPTED because I could have made a great deal of money but at that point of my life, I was embrassed about appearing nude in front of people. Unlike now, when I have a "few" rolls *cough* and have no problems being nude. Funny how that works out.
purplesquirrel
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm, I may have to rethink my business plan for my fashion design business.
mesmericone
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
BTW, nice stuff:)
purplesquirrel
Jan. 14th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!
autodidactic
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
OMG TEH WAPPIOPS OF VIPTUE!!!!11one!
Okay, now you've just fucked with my head.

I remember hearing Chris tell me about that sign at Har Mar, and Seebs telling me seperately about that sign... and now you... this is fucking amazing. We have a shared memory of something so completely dorky...

So, um, did you see the sign yourself, or did you get that from Chris, or what?

A.
windelina
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG TEH WAPPIOPS OF VIPTUE!!!!11one!
Ah, I still laugh about the Wappiops. Once of the first stories Cajones told me...
magicmarmot
Jan. 13th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG TEH WAPPIOPS OF VIPTUE!!!!11one!
I think it's funny that the story has outlived the movie.
magicmarmot
Jan. 13th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG TEH WAPPIOPS OF VIPTUE!!!!11one!
I saw it with Chris and Barb, though I think it was at Eden Prairie Center.

It has become legend.
saveau
Jan. 13th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG TEH WAPPIOPS OF VIPTUE!!!!11one!
Isn't that the one about the medieval ninja kangaroos?
magicmarmot
Jan. 13th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG TEH WAPPIOPS OF VIPTUE!!!!11one!
Yep.
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