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This summer, I discovered the many ridiculous sexual euphemisms employed by johns who frequent online prostitution forums.On the Internet, dudes who pay women to have sex with them communicate in an absurd code in the hopes of eluding law enforcement officers (that's "LEOs" to them). Holt, examines the "argot," or coded language, of the prostitution enthusiast's "virtual subculture" in order to discern what these communication strategies indicate about the men who engage in—-and report on—-prostitution.
Online, johns prefer to refer to themselves as "mongers," "trollers," or "hobbyists." According to the study: For example, a user in the Inglewood forum described a successful night identifying and soliciting several prostitutes and closed by writing, “I cant wait to monger again like the sadistic one that I am.” Another Inglewood poster wrote, “Saturday morning, am, and it was time for this dedicated hobbyist to pursue another adventure.” . It is simply an interest or pastime that they enjoy.
Mongers who were very involved in discussion forums and review boards were often referred to as a pooner.
This term was meant as a sign of respect and status and was used to identify those with clout in the forums. I don’t need to know details (if you are worried about LE), only about ones that are half-way reliable.” Asking for assistance from more senior or experienced members in this fashion could increase the likelihood of information sharing.
For example, jester from the Atlanta forum posted a question seeking information about escorts: “I was looking for recommendations about agencies from pooners who have used them . Thus, active involvement in both the sex trade and online resources played an important role in indicating status among johns across the forums.
* "Mongers" tend to avoid offensive terms for prostitutes.
She would be a 6 on a normal scale, 8 on the sw [street walker] one.”One of the most salient terms in the argot of johns that suggests sex work is a commodity is the use of the phrase mall.
In this argot, a mall was a Web site devoted to advertising a variety of different online escorts and agencies.This was exemplified by a user in the Atlanta forum: "[A web-based service] is the best for finding upscale escorts or shall I say ones that charge 200 up.There are links to the escort 'malls' where window shopping is done." —- So, what does it all mean?According to the study, forum users shied away from calling sex workers "hookers," "hos," or even "prostitute." Aww, how sweet.In place of derogatory terms for This language may be perceived as respectful and a way to neutralize the negative perspectives of their practices, mirroring their use of terms such as mongering or hobbying.At the same time, these terms treat sex workers as items, rather than individual human beings.