What’s the Difference Between a Sugar Daddy and a John?

Winston Churchill gets a lot of posthumous credit for witticisms he never uttered, including the exchange below. We’re disappointed to learn it wasn’t Mr. Churchill who said this — apparently he was quite gallant in conversation with women — but we’re going to quote it anyway because the message doesn’t change:

Churchill: Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?
Socialite: My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course…
Churchill: Would you sleep with me for five pounds?
Socialite: Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?
Churchill: Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price.

We thought of this exchange recently when we read an article on HuffPo about female college students who are seeking to pay off credit card debt and hefty student loans via “sugar daddy” relationships. These women call themselves “sugar babies” when they advertise their availability (not their services, of course) online. But as far as we can tell, a sugar baby is just a prostitute — or sex worker — who eats dinner with her client first.

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  1. It’s really sad that a man’s natural instinct to provide for a woman has been reduced to this. I think it’s perfectly natural for a woman to want to have sex with a man who takes care of her.

    Nothing in life is free, and men value sex. Period. That’s why they offer something for it. Smart women know this and either accept the provision or reject it based on whether or not they want to reciprocate. There’s nothing wrong with it…only the way people perverse it and destroy it. Like everything else they put their hands on in the natural world.

  2. if your man pays for dinner and you sleep w/ him does that make you a whore? who cares anyway? if it works for the parties involved; thats all that matters.

  3. The only difference in my mind is a matter of price, as the above anecdote demonstrates.

    A “whore” who charges five dollars for a blow job is a “cheap whore”/”crack whore”/whatever other derisive name you want to use.

    A “whore” who charges five hundred dollars for an hour is a “call girl.”

    A “whore” who charges fifty thousand dollars (or tuition) is a “sugar baby.”

    What’s the difference, other than price? It’s a matter of sex and/or companionship for money. What the money is used for is unimportant, in my opinion, as is the amount.

    And, at the end of the day, the men are paying for the same service. So they are all johns, regardless of the zeros on their check (figuratively speaking, I understand it’s generally a cash business).

  4. … although the question wasn’t about the woman. It was about the guy.

    So, nothing, really. No difference.

  5. I get the comparison, but I think the reality of having 1-2 trusted sugar daddies who pay your rent and all your bills is way better than turning several tricks a day with random people. Better in terms of STD safety, better in terms of safety from psychos, less wear and tear on the lady parts. Also the woman in question could be way selective about who she sleeps with, rather than banging every random dude who walks through the motel door.

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