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Why Marry if You Are a Call Girl?

An unanswered, obvious question from Tracy Quan's novel.

by
Helen Smith

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January 16, 2014 - 9:00 am

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I just finished reading Tracy Quan’s book Diary of a Married Call Girl: A Nancy Chan Novel. The description is as follows:

In this irreverent take on infidelity and modern marriage, newlywed topflight prostitute Nancy Chan finds herself struggling to adjust to the realities of domestic bliss. She’s honing her respectable image as the wife of investment banker Matt, cooking fashionable meals and taking his shirts to the cleaners. But now that she and Matt share a home, it’s getting harder to keep her career as an exclusive call girl a secret. Nancy fears what might happen if Matt finds out, but she can’t quite bring herself to give up her financial independence. And now Matt wants to start a family. Motherhood could jeopardize her business—and what will it do to her body?

Okay, I know this is just fiction, but as I read the book, I couldn’t help but wonder why this woman was married if she was pursuing life as a call girl. Obviously, from her point of view, it is nice to have someone to care for you and at the same time continue with your current job. The risk factor is also probably a turn-on. However, you have to wonder what kind of cruel joke she is playing on her banker husband, who is pretty naive and seems to think she is studying French all day while she is turning tricks instead. It would be one thing if she was upfront about her work and told her husband what she did before they married to give him a choice about what to do, but to trick him to me seemed sickening, making the storyline difficult for me to deal with.

If this were a man doing the same sleazy thing, no one would be that intrigued by it; in fact, many readers would probably think that “going Betty Broderick” on him would be okay. But when a woman deceives a man, somehow it makes for a mysterious story showing the complexity of women’s sexuality.

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Cross-posted from Dr. Helen – visit her site for more comments and discussion

Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.

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I wonder if she wrote the book in order to play out, through her character, her own sexual fantasies, in what she saw as a harmless but exciting way.
44 weeks ago
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Well, Tracy Quan was an actual call girl....
44 weeks ago
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It was years ago in my youth but i met a woman working in a Nevada brothel that told me she was married. Yes, i am still puzzled. Others had children to support as single mothers. One who was divorced honeymooned in Spain. Another was a college grad with B of A, she said the only job offer was as a secretary.
44 weeks ago
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A book to intrigue the love lorn and ineffective woman. And the reader gets to pretend she's in control by surreptitiously snatching paragraphs between loads at the laundromat.
44 weeks ago
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A good friend of mine, an ex-intelligence officer, quit her job to be a professional dominatrix for close to ten years. Her marriage is only slightly worse for wear and it isn't certain that the wear wouldn't have happened anyway. While a domme is not a prostitute as there is no sex involved it is still highly sexual. So yes, you can be in an adult business and be successfully married and keep your friends too.
44 weeks ago
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Idle curiosity: where does one train or educate oneself to go on to a second career as a dominatrix? How does one identify themself on their tax returns where it asks for employment -- or is that a benefit of being a dominatrix? Not having to pay taxes.
44 weeks ago
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The tax aspects are important but as she explained it you have report some income so the IRS doesn't get suspicious. As far where you learn, you don't. It just comes naturally.
44 weeks ago
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That's an interesting take. There are a lot of things people can do and remain married. The papers are full of such people.
44 weeks ago
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Client number 9, Carlos Danger, et al.
44 weeks ago
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I can't help but wonder why I read this meaningless article.
44 weeks ago
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Perhaps not coincidentally, I wonder why you bothered to leave this silly-ass comment.
44 weeks ago
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it's called feed back, charlie. most bloggers, columnists, etc claim that they want it. they don't of course, unless it is positive, but they claim to want it. kinda like you do.
44 weeks ago
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Yes, feedback is exactly what it was.
44 weeks ago
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No, it's not feedback if the only reason to post is to demonstrate one's moral and intellectual superiority to what is being discussed. Use of a word like "meaningless" is just such a demonstration. It also means that you, jlw, are already adjudged as being stupid too for caring enough to both read it and to post about it.
44 weeks ago
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looks like the trolls are out tonite...
44 weeks ago
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To address the question Dr. Helen you marry for the same reason you buy art; because you can't live without it or that person. Buying art or marrying for any other, utilitarian, reason is problematic.
44 weeks ago
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Probably married him for the health plan or the "papers".
44 weeks ago
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She is getting free condoms from Obamacare, may as well use them.
44 weeks ago
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I can't believe you got through the whole book. I barely was able to tolerate the synopsis.
44 weeks ago
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"Okay, I know this is just fiction but as I read the book, I couldn’t help but wonder ..."

i couldn't help but wonder why you read the book.
44 weeks ago
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So you don't have to.
44 weeks ago
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because Tracy Quan is a good writer?
44 weeks ago
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nope. that can't be it.
44 weeks ago
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How would you know?
44 weeks ago
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My guess is that you go through life looking for things and people to put down and be snarky about, and you thought to yourself, "aha - this looks like just the ticket for my next snarky episode". Congratulations. I hope you're totally content and self-satisfied now.
44 weeks ago
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Somebody is reading that crap and it influences them hence impacts the rest of us. I guess somebody has to wade through it and report on it.
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