If you believe the dating website SeekingArrangement.com, the government shutdown has been good for prostitution. Or something like that.
You see, SeekingArrangement pairs younger, needier women with older, wealthier men. Its blog teaches women "how to negotiate with a sugar daddy," and its Facebook page depicts cash as "one of the benefits of having a sugar daddy."
With nearly 9 million mothers and children depending on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) that was cut off under the government shutdown, the site suggests that many of them have gone shopping for guys with money to spare:
A sexist, chauvinist idea? Of course! But it makes for awesome headlines: "Republicans Push Poor Women Into Prostitution."
The Las Vegas-based site says 13,947 women have signed up since the shutdown started last week. About 56 percent of them are single mothers, it says in a statement sent to the Weekly.
SeekingArrangement says it was "its largest growth in new sugar baby sign ups since March."
The site's CEO, Brandon Wade, said this:
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The majority of our sugar baby membership is made up of students and single mothers, whom always seem to get the short end of the stick. With government-funded student loans and Pell grants being held, and WIC vouchers being stalled, women are going to start looking to someone other than Uncle Sam to pick up the bill.
There you have it folks: Female students and mothers can't take care of themselves without the government's help, and when they can it's because they're whoring themselves out to sugar daddy douchebags.
He suggested it. Not us. Don't blame the messenger.