Smooth Operator: Could You Be a Phone Sex Worker?

December 19, 2011  |  

Side hustles are a must these days and stay-at-home mothers are earning extra cash in a surprising way—as phone sex operators. “The View” talked about the growing trend last Thursday, based on a segment Elizabeth Hasslebeck did for “Good Morning America.” The report found that the number of stay-at-home moms becoming phone sex operators has increased 400% in the last 18 months. Why? Because it’s steady pay, the benefits are good, and the economy sucks.

A friend of mine worked as a phone sex operator when she moved to a new city. She’s not a stay-at-home mother, but she needed income while she was searching for a 9-to-5, and for a job whose only prerequisite is that you own a landline and know how to put on an act—which most women say they do anyway—she didn’t mind bringing in money from the down-low job.

The most awkward thing for her wasn’t moaning and role playing on the phone because from her experience, most men really just wanted to talk (so sad). She only ran into problems when people wondered what she did for a living and she would have the deer-in-the-headlights look on her face until she finally started telling people she worked in the service industry. Unfortunately, getting up at 3:30 am to put on a Hot voice for the late-night west coasters in need of lip service proved difficult for her and she had to find another occupation. But overall the money was good while it lasted and she didn’t feel any personal shame about it, she just didn’t want to deal with other people’s judgment.

Most stay-at-home moms seem to have the same mindset, from what Elizabeth said: judge me if you want, but I’m making money while spending time with my kids. Some mothers say they keep their side job under wraps for fear of other mothers’ reactions, as some women who were surveyed said they wouldn’t let their child go over the home of a mother she knew worked as a phone sex operator. Sherri Shepherd agreed, and said she wouldn’t trust her child in that situation:“It’s my job to protect my child and that I wouldn’t want him exposed to.”

The biggest shocker of all was Whoopi Goldberg admitting that she used to work as a phone sex operator—-I know, I can’t picture it either—-but it makes sense when you think about it from Whoopi’s perspective. According to her, all the job is is good acting.

I definitely wouldn’t want my children listening to his play mate’s mother talking nasty to some lonely, horny man on the phone, but I wouldn’t say that they couldn’t ever go over the person’s house. Being a phone sex worker may be an odd job that I’m not sure I could pull off, but when it comes to making money legally and supporting your family, I say to each her own.

Have you ever considered being a phone sex operator  to earn extra cash? Would you allow your kids to visit the home of a woman who you knew worked as a phone sex operator?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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