Protester to newer escort: Don’t do this, you’ll become hard hearted and homely like the other women here.
Different protester to different newer escort: Young lady, don’t follow these older women down this path, don’t let them trick you into doing this.
Escorts show up independently, for a wide variety of reasons, but never because the older women in our lives are dragging us out there. I do love the concept of a coven of witches leading the escorts, and I get why protesters think the escorts who are older women are the leaders. But escorts have no leaders and are simply individuals who work together towards common goals with a few binding principles. (Meanwhile I find concern regarding the physical appearance of any escort unnecessary and offensive.)
The biggest thing I hear in these comments is… fear? admiration? bitterness? from the protesters towards older women. Throughout my life I have admired and gravitated towards women who are older than me – women a few years older than me and women a few generations older than me (and now women who are not older than me but just seem that way because I think of myself as a years younger than I am). I grew up with a mom with amazing women friends. Women who were midwives, women who worked at abortion clinics, women who taught dance classes at juvenile detention centers. It’s the same characteristics that make older women seem like leaders that draw me toward them. I see actions driven by compassion and respect for others, carried out with a sense of self-assuredness, assertiveness, and self-respect. So yes, sign me up to be a hard hearted, homely, older woman escort if that’s the price you pay for those qualities. You can also sign me up for the secret coven, and give me my crone card. I’m in.
The protesters love to demonize escorts. Whe I was an escort, I was called every derogatory name under the sun by them. I remember being called communist, nazi (I was even called a communist nazi once!), baby killer, and satanist, It’s the same idea done differently.
So you’re saying that if I ever needed a list of base-line insults for a script or novel, I should sit nearby and write them all down? I *knew* they’d be good for something!
There is only one possible answer to this: The Twits, by Roald Dahl.
“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
And I know for a fact that all the escorts are awesome and lovely!