My Blog__ PHONE SEXIN: INTERVIEW WITH AN EX-EMPLOYEE

March 17, 2011 | By

Not "Laura", just a cool photo

I have a friend. Let's call her Laura (only because she did not want her real name used). Laura is now a special needs teacher who spends her time divided between California and Canada. She has a serious boyfriend and a thirty-something birthday coming up. Once upon a time, in her twenties, Laura worked in phone sex to save some extra money. I decided to ask her a few questions about the job.

Why and how did you get into phone sex? What was going on in your life at the time?

Laura: I was living in Portland, Oregon and working some shitty food service job and my roommate's friend was telling us about [phone sex work]. It just seemed like an easy way to make some extra money.

How did the job work?

Laura: It was actually just on the internet. A site had a number you could call and leave a message. All you needed was a phone line at home that was specifically for the job and they sent our cheques bi-weekly. It was really easy. I don't know how it all worked on their end.

Were there any qualifications for the job?

Laura: No, not at all. I had one conversation and I think they just wanted to hear my voice because my friend tried to do it and she left a message, but they never hired her. I really have no idea what was going on. It was completely anonymous.

And you once told me that you did most of your work while you were drunk, right?

Laura: Yeah, I never once did it sober. I would come home from the bar and do it. It was insane. Sometimes I'd wake up and have no idea how long I had been on the phone for or what the fuck I was even saying. I would be all drunk and starving, munching on chips while on calls. So ridiculous.

Do you think any of them knew you were wasted?

Laura: I don't know if they knew? Unless someone said so when I was blacked out. God, I sound like such an alcoholic. Thankfully I don't drink as much as I used to.

What were the callers like?

Laura: Not everyone was a creep. Some people would just want to tell you about their lives and complain. Some would have weird fetishes, like wanting hear what I ate that morning in detail. I think it was the incest calls that really grossed me out. I know that that is so predictable but having to act like someone's mom is so gross. "You're a naughty little boy" type of shit. For some reason I didn't think it was going to be like that and now it seems so obvious. I also had this one guy who liked me to pretend I was his secretary interrupting a meeting on Wall St. No sex, just being like, "Excuse me, Mr. Blank". It was hilarious.

What a nerd.

Laura: Turbo nerd.

What do you think of the phone sex industry now?

Laura: I don't know what I think about [the phone sex industry] but it bothers me that it's women making money and then menĀ benefittingĀ from it more than anything. Strip club owners are usually men, porn companies are usually owned by men, etc.

It's funny how many feminist women, musicians especially, stripped in the 90s to pay for amps and stuff.

Laura: I think it is really common. Especially at that time period in Portland a lot of girls I knew were stripping and there was that whole Suicide Girl craze. I totally understand wanting to make a couple hundred bucks a night taking your clothes off instead of working at some shitty cafe making nothing and getting shit on by customers.

How did it make you feel working in phone sex? Were you affected by it?

Laura: I thought I was fine with it and then it started affecting my sex life. Suddenly stuff would start to weird me out where as before I was fine with it. Or if I heard a guys voice behind me in the line up at the grocery store I'd be like, "Dude, did I talk to him two nights ago?" Weird things like that. I got really paranoid like, "What if they know where I live?" which is ridiculous because the callers were from all over. I was really young and I don't think I was mature enough to deal with it.

Would you ever do phone sex again?

Laura: I actually wanted to do [phone sex] again to supplement my income but you couldn't do it from Canada with that same company. It seems like with the internet and technology [phone sex] is probably on it's way out anyway. It wasn't for me, but at the time I really did need the money plus, the job I had at Wendy's in high school was way worse.

All photos stolen from: Internet K-Hole

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