Thoughts After The Good Morning America Phone Sex Segment

Yes, I’m “Lynn” (and my husband is “Mike”) in this “moms entering phone sex work” segment which aired today on GMA:

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I wanted to share few quick thoughts regarding the Good Morning America segment on moms who are professional phone sex operators.

In Summary…

The overall tone of the segment was focused on the moms are embarrassed, uncomfortable and forced by the economy into the undesirable career choice of phone sex. I have mixed thoughts on this… Yes, there are women who feel this way; but many of us do not. And those who do feel they are doing something they wouldn’t otherwise choose to do likely aren’t assisted by this tone — or the “man on the street” interviews with women who feel negatively about the line of work. However, this is a reality of the business and moms and others considering becoming a PSO need to face those facts. Overall, given the history of media coverage to any form of sex work, I really feel this segment is a step forward.

Peccadilloes…

My husband found juxtaposition of pretty blonde model against an everyday mom at the start of the segment to be “a bit like saying they’re not attractive or something” but I satisfy myself that it likely quells issues many women have about how they must look for this business.

For the record, I did not say that I have “often considered getting out of the phone sex business.” I did, during the one and a half hours of being interviewed, respond the the many questions about “why I don’t do other work.” This included, among other things, the fact that “the finances of leaving don’t make sense” because phone sex is so lucrative. That context should be made clear.

Also rather contextually slanted to fit the “phone sex is an undesirable career choice” theme, my husband, “Mike”, was described as having “come to accept what I do for a living.”He’s always been nothing of supportive and in his 30 minutes of taped interview did say, “It’s what she does for a living, not who she is.” Maybe that, and other things, will be included in the Nightline airing?

Follow-Up News…

As mentioned, a possibly longer version of this topic is to air on Nightline — but it’s bumped until later in the week. I presume due to the death of Kim Jong Il.  I look forward to seeing how that goes, if it airs.

5 thoughts on “Thoughts After The Good Morning America Phone Sex Segment

  1. Journey Of A Phone Sex Worker

    I didn;t like the piece at all! Anyone that has read your blog can tell they portrayed you differently. PSO in general are not ashamed of they do, not even the moms. I do applaud you for going on the show. Hopefully it will bring some attention and cause some research on moms like us as PSO and some of the stigma will be raise.

    BTW can you tell me how to embed the video in my post?

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  2. Phone Sex Secrets

    Thanks for your support, Journey :)

    Star and I, the PSO not in shadow in the piece, agree the piece was slanted — but also a step forward, considering how anything to do with sex is demonized…

    (We are also working on a joint “review” of the piece, so stay tuned!)

    As for the video, at the bottom there are “little people” — click that to find the share options. I just used the standard embed (not the one for Blogger specifically). Click on it and it should be “cut” and then paste it into the HTML post window (not the “Compose” window). You’ll see the labels on the tabs above the “box” where you make the post.

    If that doesn’t help you, email me and I’ll try to clarify it for you :)

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  3. Serpent

    Ug, I would say that as soon as you knew Elisabeth Hasslebeck was going to be the segment host that it was going to be bad news. Her question to the woman on the street, “would you allow your child to visit the house of a mother who did phone sex?” How offensive and misleading…as if the Mom is going to be talking dirty in front of the kids.

    In reality, it’s a typical mainstream media ‘sex work’ piece…negative and biased, making everyone involved feel ashamed of what they’re doing. And really, phone sex is a the most safe of all types of sex work, but even George S. at the end asks “is there any way they can be tracked by the guys they’re talking to ?” The stupidity is almost unbelievable.

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  4. Phone Sex Secrets

    Hey, Serpent – thanks for stopping by and adding your comments :)

    I agree it was negative, but comparison to most any other media coverage, it was progress forward for sex work in general. I am taking it that way, as movement forward anyway ;)

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