Monday, November 16, 2009

Belle de Jour Paid Better than Writing Code


The headline news was that a research scientist revealed she was a prostitute writer active from 2003 to 2004.

The fine print news was that Dr. Brooke Magnanti had a sting as a programmer but soon discovered that job didn't pay well, plus it was intelligent demanding and time consuming. On the other hand, her employment at a London escort agency allows her time and energy in daytime for her to complete doctoral study. Comparing to programming, Dr. Magnanti commented, the other job was 'so much more enjoyable'.

A programmer's life and career is sometimes equated to that of a prostitute. Younger people are easy to learn and master, while the energy and skills would die down soon in their mid-thirtish. Now we know which one is more difficult.

In interview with Times, Dr. Maganti described the whore job to be one "that doesn't require a great deal of training or investment to get started, that's cash in hand and that leaves" her spare time to do her work in. Sounds ideal for a graduate student everyone.

Belle charges £300 per hour for an normal 2 hours session of her services. She usually met two or three clients on weekly basis, "sometimes less, sometimes a great deal more".


Dr. Magnanti had Billi Piper played her role in a television series 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl', a show seen by many as the British version of American 'Sex and city'. Her book 'Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl' is a bestseller. Her blog, 'Belle de Jour: Diary of a London Call Girl' is a must visit for Net surfers worldwide.

On the other side of the Atlantic, a UMBC professor Brandy M. Britton was arrested for running a brothel house at her own residence in Ellicott City roughly around the same time period (2006).

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