When it comes to paying for sex, society has a double standard for men and women. This does not just apply to the people being paid for sex though. Even the people purchasing sex fall under different rules based on what society thinks is appropriate for their gender.
Women getting paid
A woman getting paid for sex is known as a common whore. There really is no other way to put it, but if a woman gets paid for sex she is labeled harshly and frowned upon. There are even laws against this type of arrangement, which basically tells society the woman is wrong and immoral. There is a double standard even among these women though. If you stand on a street corner to get sex work, you’re trashy according to society. If you work as a high-end escort though, you are classier and even though you do the same job as the girl on the street corner, you are treated with more respect.
If a man pays for sex, most of society looks down on him, but many people expect this behavior from men. No one really talks about it. However, they do think a few things about men who pay for sex. These men are gross, immoral, rude, or weird. There are times though, when people think highly of men that can pay for hookers because it indicates they have money, but only if the hooker is classy and attractive, which is a double standard against the kind of women that are hookers.
Men getting paid
For men, it is almost praised if they can get a woman to pay them for sex. Men think it’s fantastic and the guy being paid for sex will even earn cool points. There is no shame and nothing in society that labels men as indecent or dirty for doing something like this. Men also do not get labeled derogatory names when they get paid to have sex with a woman.
Women paying for sex
When women pay for sex, their friends and society do judge them. This happens for two reasons. One, women are supposed to be able to get sex whenever they want. For a woman to pay for sex indicates something is wrong with her. People will assume she is a prude or that she is not a pleasant person to be around. Second, women are supposed to be more moral and nurturing. Paying for sex indicates there is no relationship or attachment. This makes people uncomfortable because it challenges gender roles.
When it comes to paying for sex between men and women, there is a double standard and not just for the people being paid for sex. The people doing the paying also get judged and there is a double standard there, as well. Society has made up all kinds of rules about sex and how it should be conducted, but even those rules are not straightforward when it comes to gender.