Recently the Secret Service for the President of the United States were involved with an unspeakable scandal that begs one to question why would prominent men jeopardize everything for a few minutes of “limitless” sexual pleasure. What the writer presents may astound you.
The Secret Service is running an internal investigation of its alleged involvement in a prostitution scandal in Colombia, even as rumors fly about visits by the President’s security detail to strip clubs dating back as far as the Clinton administration. True or not, the allegations bring up an obvious question: Why would these men risk their jobs to buy sex?
In fact, research shows that men who buy sex do so for a variety of reasons, many of which vary by culture. Social acceptance of prostitution makes it more likely for men to seek out prostitutes, as do certain sexual attitudes. For some men, the risk is part of the appeal.
“One of the motivations behind seeking prostitutes for some men is that there’s something exciting or risky about it,” said Martin Monto, a sociologist at the University of Portland who has researched prostitution. “The illicit nature of it can make it more exciting.”
Although johns make up a small portion of the population, large-scale studies show only a few differences between them and other men, Monto told LiveScience. Occasional users — men usually caught after propositioning an undercover police officer — are slightly less likely to be married than the general population of American men (59.3 percent versus 44.2 percent, respectively, according to a study by Monto published in the journal Violence Against Women in 2004). And if they are married, the marriage is more likely to be unhappy. Unsurprisingly, johns are more sexually liberal than men who don’t frequent prostitutes.
Military men are more likely to have visited prostitutes in their lifetime, likely due to both opportunity and professional culture, Monto said. The Secret Service is a “militarized” subculture itself, Monto said, perhaps explaining the current allegations that the agents hired prostitutes during President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Colombia.
“It’s learned in these types of professional subcultures that involve travelling far from your soil,” Monto said. “They also involve local economies that cater to service members.” [Sex Quiz: Myths, Taboos & Bizarre Facts].
In other words the consumer can get away with the proclivity with little to no consequence within their realm of thinking. Potentially taking home STD’s is of little significance. Losing livelihood over objectified, insignificant, sexual play toy meat is not a forethought at all.
Men who report more contact with prostitutes tend to report more sexual partners, more sexual activity, less happy marriages and more sexually liberal attitudes than men who report soliciting a prostitute just once. Hobbyists or “sex tourists” — the kind of men who post on message boards that review call girls — tend to see frequenting prostitutes as a lifestyle and have much larger numbers of sex partners compared with occasional johns, Monto said.