Why Do Men Visit Prostitutes?

The Eliot Spitzer sex scandal had many people asking the question: Why do men that are married to beautiful and successful women, have the need to visit a prostitute? Minette Marrin says a man may be doing a better thing in using prostitutes than in having affairs with his wife’s best friends.

There is nothing quite so enjoyable in public life as seeing the biter bit, especially when the biter is such an unpleasant, cold-eyed, sharp-toothed, grinning crocodile of a hypocrite as Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York. However, schadenfreude is often tainted with the hypocrisy it sneers at, and I think there has been a lot of hypocrisy in the public response to this delightful scandal, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Countless people have said in print, on air or in blogs that they cannot begin to understand why Eliot Spitzer would want to visit a prostitute. One well-known American commentator expressed the standard view when she said she was mystified, as Spitzer appears to have no “sexual problems”. His wife of 20 years is a pretty and clever woman, so what on earth is wrong with the man?


The idea that there is something wrong with any man who wants sex with prostitutes or that there must be something intolerable about his marriage, is just infantile. There is no mystery about why normal men go to prostitutes. Read more

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