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… I couldn’t be at Yale if I didn’t do this.” For Brian, involvement in the industry came at time when he was “a little short on cash” but was also “just bored.” In the beginning, arrangements for Brian mostly consisted of talks on the phone, which sometimes evolved into awkward first dates predictably accompanied by bouts of forced small talk and out-of-pity smiles. It wasn’t until last spring that Brian started having sex with men for money. Both Brian and Emily first got involved with Seeking Arrangement at a time when finances were particularly tight.

But the archetypal sugar baby (which I’ve focused on in this piece) is a young, heterosexual, student or professional woman who uses sugaring to feel less financially precarious—or enjoy a higher standard of living—while largely avoiding the stigma and legal risks of sex work. The seminar is hosted by Seeking (formerly Seeking Arrangement), a dating website launched in 2006 to broker relationships in which one person (typically a young woman) provides companionship to another individual (usually an older man) in exchange for material benefits. It’s called sugaring, and if the definition sounds vague to you, that’s by design. The relationship between sugar babies and sugar daddies exists in a legal grey area, somewhere between illegal sex work and traditional dating. Among the 24 sugar babies and four sugar daddies I spoke to, financial arrangements varied widely.

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The site he was referring to was Seeking Arrangement, an online network that pairs people possessing resources (“sugar daddies” and “sugar mommies”) with those, usually much younger, seeking them (“sugar babies”). I had become a member a few weeks earlier, partly as a social experiment and partly out of genuine desperation. I was frustrated with my job, which offered little upward mobility, and was thinking about quitting it to pursue my goal of becoming a full-time freelance writer. Holding me back were my lack of savings and my fear of sacrificing a regular paycheck.

However, sugar daddies or sugar mamas can belong to the “Diamond Club,” pay over $2,000 annually and have their background and income verified by the site. Right now, Anna has three sugar daddies. She sees the primary one weekly, and the other two men between two and three times every month.

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  • Besides school, her “vanilla” life includes taking freelance graphic design work, and caring for two chronically ill family members.
  • When sugar daddies and babies meet online, sugar babies are not supposed to ask for money or imply that they will engage in a sexual relationship — that’s often negotiated later in person, Polowin said.
  • Sugar daddies are willing to pay for it.

During the 1910s and 1920s, some young women who worked at minimum-wage jobs during the day would supplement their meager paychecks by meeting up with male suitors at night. They’d swap companionship and sex in exchange for either a clothing allowance or rent money. Such women, explains Brents, never referred to themselves as prostitutes. Awkward and shy, he started Seeking Arrangement in part because of his own inability to attract younger women. “To get the attention of the girl I really wanted to meet, I was kind of at the mercy of the statistics of traditional dating sites. I’d write hundreds of emails and only get one or two replies,” says Wade, who is now divorced.

If I had a hefty allowance from a generous benefactor, though, I figured that I could take the leap comfortably. In an interview with The Times, Brandon Wade, the founder of SeekingArrangement, said his dating platform, which he has rebranded as Seeking, is not a vehicle for prostitution. The terms of service, he said, prohibit transactions for sex; the site simply seeks to bring the role that money plays in mating out in the open. “We want to drive people to talk honestly on the first date about who they are and what they expect to gain from a relationship, just like you discuss in any business relationship and any business arrangement,” he said. Signing up for an account on SeekingArrangement is 100% free and takes less than a minute.

One sugar daddy loved cuddling and watching movies, which Bella said felt like a relationship. When sugar daddies and babies meet online, sugar babies are not supposed to ask for money or imply that they will engage in a sexual relationship — that’s often negotiated later in person, Polowin said.

“I don’t want another family,” he said. We both ordered eggs, and by the time our food arrived I had grown to like Charlie.

“Now, she’s got a better car service than I do! ” he says. Nearly 30 percent of workers rely on part-time or short-term jobs to make ends meet, according to Cornell University’s Institute of Labor Relations and the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, and women are more likely than men to earn supplemental income through part-time work, especially multi-level or direct marketing and selling goods online. The line between our personal and professional lives has never been blurrier, whether we’re selling leggings to our Facebook friends or renting our personal spaces to strangers on AirBnB. Meanwhile, Instagram influencers use their personal life to market products as a full-time career; Kim Kardashian has leveraged her intimate relationships, sex appeal and personality to build a $350 million empire.

Can you be a Sugar Baby Online?

Usually, a sugar daddy relationship consists of a wealthy man (sugar daddy) who financially supports a much younger woman (sugar baby) in exchange for the obvious.

Since it is not a general dating site, some people who stumble upon it accidentally might be put off by its concept. However, it does a great job of offering a safe environment for the kind of relationship and connection that it encourages. Also, it’s surprising to see that for a site that has a very specific concept, it has a lot of members worldwide.

Refinery29 in no way encourages illegal activity or harmful behavior. It’s perception, maybe. I want chemistry to come before the financial for me. That’s the difference.