Chester Brown - Paying For It: a comic strip memoir about being a john
I read this today and it’s really thought-provoking. I hadn’t really given prostitution laws or the whole scene much thought before, but I saw this book in Chapters earlier this summer and thought it looked intriguing. I didn’t end up buying it until today, but I’m glad I did. It’s a really fast read, and I think worth it even if you don’t agree with his views. Here’s the description from Wikipedia:
The book is concerned with Brown’s desire to have sex, but not wanting to have another girlfriend. Brown’s solution is to forgo traditional boyfriend/girlfriend relationships and marriage and to take up the life of a “john” by frequenting prostitutes. Brown comes to advocate prostitution as superior to the “possessive monogamy” of traditional male-female relationships, which he debates with his friends throughout the book.
He then presents his views in detail in the closing 50-page text section, which includes a 23-part appendix and footnotes. Despite being about the separation of sex from romantic love, Brown says, “It is a type of love story.”