Episode 140: Women Who Pay For Sex, And The Men Who Sell It

October 28, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 140: Women Who Pay For Sex, And The Men Who Sell It


When it comes to buying and selling sex, people most commonly think of men as the buyers and women as the sellers. However, while men are indeed far more likely than women to report having paid for sex, recent media reports suggest that the number of women buying sex may be on the rise. So, let’s talk about it.

I am joined by Hallie Lieberman, a sex historian and journalist who has written extensively about sex work. She is also author of the book Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy, which we discussed back in episode 21 of this show. Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • Who are the women who pay for sex sex?
  • What are the most common reasons women pay for sex?
  • Why do so many women feel that paying for sex is safer than having casual sex?
  • Who are the men who sell sex to women?
  • What are the main reasons men become gigolos?
  • Where do gigolos usually work, and what kinds of services do they sell?

To learn more about Hallie, follow her on the socials @hallielieberman and be sure to pick up a copy of her book, Buzz.

For further information on the research discussed in this episode, see here.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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