Update, June 2019. Still not completely happy with the flow of this one but will leave it up and further improve it over time.
Found in The Guardian – “Sex for rent: the rogue landlords who offer free rooms in return for ‘favours’”
Good journalism to uncover this issue, but I want to dig deeper.
Why is this the case? And what is the initial “why” (I thought about saying root-cause, but not even I am that tacky!)?
For mine that why is SEX.
My gut feeling as amassed via a number of “heard it here or read it there” feels over time tells me Men have been doing this since the dawn of time, which in no way, shape or form should be condoned, but lately it has become enough of a thing at the right frequency to attract further attention (thankyou interwebs).
For me, it just further highlights the disconnects between Men & Women that few ever think about, discuss or ever admit. I hope articles such as this one I linked above direct those conversations a little more and put us on a path to reconciling some of the gaping holes in human sexuality.
In the long term, the way I see this subject evolving is with women finding further societal equality and the continued wholesale rejection of a lot of old school learnt ways essentially not needing men the way they do now.
We are already seeing this on the fringes with relationship models (that have been around forever) as minnows in comparison to monogamy slowly coming into their own.
As an FYI, the most recent Australian census reported another minor rise in those identifying as living in a single person household. No decrease is telling.
The end game for sex I think will see technology providing women with the ability and choice of satisfying their sexual and reproductive desires with another woman or women via female support networks, as just one example of many potential options available.
Women’s sexual growth will continue to occur slowly but I feel that there is way to much water under the bridge for any meaningful change to occur over the next century.
Men in the short term will continue to satisfy their sexual urges via existing hookups, relationships, prostitution and then in the longer term via artificial intelligence (AI) in the with the continual normal interweaving and crossovers between the sexes as necessary to bring satisfaction to those individuals of both genders outside the ‘normal’ range of sexuality, which may or may not be a thing but it’s the best I have to describe how I see things at this time.
Marriage won’t die off (damn!) but will be like Long Player (LP) records. A novelty that some still swear by.
Then there will those who will be content to just hang together and share their life with another, equally and fully. They are the cool kids. Dig!
It’s been interesting growing up at the end of free love and seeing it morph into numerous relationship forms once I was old enough to understand them. Changes that I hope brings a slightly better world one day.
Peace to y’all.