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Gov. Eliot Spitzer is a John

March 12th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Current Events


In January while surfing the web, I found this website called Letters from Johns. Susannah Breslin is a journalist and blogger who collects letters from men who solicit prostitutes. She then publishes the letters online for the world to read. The site was new and only had a handful of posts at the time. It was eye opening to read the letters. It occurred to me to revisit the site tonight since my local news has been nothing but this story. I found out that Newsweek approached her, after the Spitzer story broke, about writing a story. She wrote a great article about men and prostitution. Here is an excerpt:

“As a journalist I’ve covered the sex beat for over a decade. I’ve interviewed call girls and johns, adult film stars and dominatrixes, strippers and pimps. I’ve seen a side of America that most Americans don’t see. In the movies there are heart-of-gold hookers like Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman,” falling in love with a john who happens to be a sensitive guy capable of overlooking her profession. But in reality we don’t know much about johns or the complicated reasons they pay for sex. So when New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a zealous former prosecutor of prostitution rings, was accused of using one himself, many people questioned how such a smart man could have put his family and his career on the line.”

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