Catherine Murphy meets an Irish Let The Music Play - Various - Rich Pickings 12 mum who has dipped into a fast-growing website dubbed the perfect 'fishing bowl for sugar daddies' Fiona will date sugar daddies -- older, richer men who pay her an allowance to go out with them, travel with them and, usually, have sex with them. She's attractive, 5ft 8in and has the dyed blonde hair, fake tan and ambition that fits the stereotype embodied in the tragic former 'Playboy' model Anna Nicole Smith, who became infamous after her marriage to year-old J Howard Marshall in Smith denied speculation she married the oil tycoon 63 years her senior for money.
Both E Pierce and Smith would die before the case was settled. The former model died of a drug overdose in and, four years later, the Supreme Court ruled against her estate. Meanwhile, Fiona comes from the boom generation that feels wealth is almost an entitlement. Various sugar daddies have brought her on holidays, bought her laptops and helped with legal bills and car purchases, all in return for dates, company and sexual relationships.
I'm a realist; Let The Music Play - Various - Rich Pickings 12 of them are never going to be in the next Armani campaign. Fiona, of course, is not her real name. She refuses to use her real name or be photographed for this article. It's not that she thinks Mendelssohn* / Bruch*, Campoli*, London Philharmonic Orchestra*, Boult* - Violin Concerto / Scottish men for money is a bad thing, it's just that others can be judgmental.
Then I say, 'hold on a minute; no one's getting hurt, everyone is happy'. Let's call another user of the site Amy. She's a year-old Limerick girl who also uses the site and portrays another side of it. She said she loved the money and the buzz of sugar-daddy sites but, more than anything, she talked about how much she enjoyed being paid for sex, and how her boyfriend had no idea about her secret life.
Brandon Wade, the Hong Kong-born tech entrepreneur who founded www. Wade also claims that the site reflects social realities at any given time.
Some 40pc of sugar babies are students looking for someone to pay their way through college. The next biggest demographic is single mothers, limited in their capacity to socialise and also looking for financial back-up. They're followed by the ambitious young women who are fascinated by wealth and want to be around it, and learn how to get it.
Then there are the Fionas, hoping that, despite a nine-to-one ratio of women to men on the website, they'll land a big catch. They are attracted by successful men and yearn to taste that wealthy lifestyle without relying on their own talent, sweat or success to get there. The most obvious criticism of Wade's website is that entering into casual short-term relationships in return for money is a form of prostitution -- that being paid money by men to enter into 'arrangements' puts women in a position of vulnerability, one that's open to abuse.
Fiona was 22 when she dated her first sugar daddy. In all, she has had short-term 'relationships' with three March Of The High Kings Of Laois - Dermot OBrien - Dermot OBrien daddies, all Irish, marital status often dubious. I was at home on Saturday nights with my baby, so I thought, 'Let's see what it's all about'.
Fiona's first connection thro-ugh the website was something of a learning experience. I was very nervous the first time I met a man through a sugar-daddy site," she says. He had his own IT company, but he wasn't the most confident man in the world.
He was a very funny man and we became good friends. Sex was never mentioned, but I knew it would happen. In the end, it evolved naturally after a few dates. Among the good moments were a holiday to Malaga during which Fiona's sugar daddy bought her dresses.
There was a new laptop when she mentioned that hers was clapped out, and weekends away in top hotels. Fiona had doubts about the marital status of her next conquest, too. So far, Fiona's sugar-daddy experiences have been positive, but she is careful how she uses Dead Beat - Stephen Ugo Rosin - Dream Shadow to meet men. Perhaps Fiona should read 'Sugar Daddy Diaries', a book written by year-old British woman Helen Croydon about her days as a sugar baby.
Croydon has said that she believes all women, at a primal level, want to be pampered. However, she stopped dating men for money when she realised her time had become a commodity. Very often, the men they fall in love with have very little money. Women are very practical but, when it comes to love, money is the least important thing.
Despite the financial success, perhaps the man who brought sugar daddies back into vogue realises that while sugar tastes good, it's bad for you. We dated for a year and then moved in together and two years later we got married. He had a property which he sold so that we could get a Allison Keating All Of Me - Los Admiradores - Bongos My daughter started school this year and I have become friendly with a few of the mums.
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Of course, that's not how Minored Birds - Geoffrey Landers - 1 By 1 or sugar babies such as Fiona see it. Ironically, it's Brandon Wade who seems to undermine the genre he has capitalised on. Most Viewed Most Shared. Irish News.
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