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Paying for It by Chester Brown
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Jul 30, 2011

really liked it
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Read on July 30, 2011

I thought this book was absolutely fascinating. Chester Brown is a cartoonist and graphic artist who wrote "Louis Riel". In this book, he writes about his own experiences as a john in Toronto. After being in 3 romantic relationships, he decides that he is going to become a john. He writes about his experiences with prostitutes. I did feel that he was respectful to some of the women that he slept with- he didn't tell a lot about their personal lives, changed their names and didn't draw their faces. But I was really bothered by his preference for very young women and some of the judgements he made about the women's bodies. I know that men make these judgements- but I can't say that they didn't make me feel uncomfortable. I also realized that I really hate the word "whore" and it bothered me when he referred to the prostitutes as whores.

I learned A LOT from reading this book and was fascinated by it. I am definitely not as cynical as Chester Brown and I don't agree with all of his opinions. He's a lot more cynical and disheartened than me, but I did like reading the sections about his arguments. The book did make me a bit uncomfortable, but it's definitely worth reading.
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Chris His not showing the women's faces kind of creeped me out after a while. I know he says he did it to protect their anonymity, but it also seemed to objectify them more, and made them seem less human and more like dolls.

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