I had a conversation with someone a day or two ago regarding phone sex. More specifically, what the whole interaction really looks like.
I was reminded of an old co-worker of mine, Filamer. I know, strange name, but awesome woman. Kind of like me. Haha, just kidding.
Fil and I worked together at the Coco's in Torrance, California. We worked so well together, in fact, that the manager would schedule just the two of us on Monday nights, leaving each of us to man a full half of the restaurant on our own. Some nights were crazy busy, but other nights were slow; giving us plenty of time to talk and get to know one another.
On one such slow night, I noticed Fil studying some papers and asked her what she was doing. She said that she was memorizing scripts for her second job. Not knowing she even had a second job, naturally, I asked her what the job was. Half laughing, she said she was a phone-sex operator.
Keep in mind, this was long before I started recovery, so instead of being shocked, I was actually quite intrigued. So much so that I asked to see the scripts myself.
Now, they shocked me.
EVERYTHING was scripted. NOTHING was allowed to be ad-lib'ed.
I'm dead serious. It was like this...
- Operator greets caller and works to determine what caller 'likes.'
- Depending on what caller responds, operator chooses one of a number of different scripts at their disposal, and begins the role-play.
- Throughout the interaction, operator is scripted to respond a, b or c in response to caller's direction of conversation.
- Rinse and repeat as many times as possible in an effort to keep caller on the line.
- If caller does not stay within the boundaries of the script, operator responds 'd' in order to get caller back within written (and legal) boundaries.
She laughed again, and agreed, and even continued to tell me that the 'stereotypical' phone-sex operator more matches the actual truth of things, rather than what the advertisers would like us to believe.
Women behind the scenes who are:
- Kicked back with their feet up, filing their nails
- Working on homework
- Watching TV
- Listening to music
And sadly, even:
- Putting callers on mute; mocking and laughing at their requests
The operator is not emotionally or even sexually invested in the call. It's just words to them. Their goal is simply to keep the caller on the phone as long as possible in order to increase sales which, in turn, means more money for them.
It's very real and sad how both participants can get sucked into the false world of lust. One feeding their lust by way of sexual encounter, the other feeding their lust by way of making money.
The adversary has honed his cunning; telling the operator that they are not being immoral because they are not 'physically' participating with the caller, and that they can make easy money doing so because they will never lack for callers.
On the flip side, he tells the caller the same, that they are not being immoral because they are not 'physically' interacting with the operator, while also telling them that no one will ever find out because 'it's just a phone call.'
To both of them, he whispers; "It's OK, you are not hurting anyone."
The truth is, everyone effected by such a call—whether knowingly or unknowingly—is harmed; starting with both parties participating in it.
This is not the life the Savior wants for them, for me, for us, or for anyone.
It's simply a big fat trap.