Four years ago, I was tempted to trade my body and time for cash. I had just read about the “mutually beneficial” dating website SeekingArrangement, and becoming a sugar baby seemed like a pretty good gig.
You might know some of this, but for the uninitiated: sugar babies -- as they’re oh so affectionately known, because babies are innocent and innocence is sexy -- can expect to receive thousands of dollars worth of handbags, flights, rent payments, tuition payments (the sugar), and more from their successful, sometimes married, sugar daddies (and mommas!) in exchange for companionship and, yes, sometimes sex, just like in a conventional relationship!
SeekingArrangement provides a space for young girls (and boys, occasionally!) and the moneyed elite to connect. Founded in 2006 by MIT graduate Brandon Wade (who still functions as CEO), it’s similar to OkCupid in its profile layout, messaging, and membership policies, except instead of pairing lonely people based on how they answer questions like “What is your quest?” or “Would you date an atheist?”, members seek each other out by how much money they’re willing to give, and how much they want to get.