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Are YOU a “Barter-Whore”?

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It happens every weekend. You’ve probably seen it and just never realized it was going on. Maybe… you’ve even been a victim of it… I’m talking about…

“Barter-Whoring”.

Over the years I’ve observed this troubling epidemic–one that is as subtle and difficult to identify as it is repulsive when finally diagnosed. At surface level, it appears to be nothing more than admittedly shallow, but nevertheless innocent, socializing between men and women of a common age. But under closer scrutiny, what is revealed is a ring of prostitution the likes of which the Western Hemisphere has never seen.

Now for those of you who went to LaSalle, here is a brief definition to help you understand the concept (pay special attention to #3):

bar┬Ěter (verb) [bahr-ter]

1. to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money.
2. to exchange in trade, as one commodity for another; trade.
3. to bargain away unwisely or dishonorably (usually fol. by away): bartering away his pride for material gain.

Let’s look at an example:

It starts innocently–“Fulanita de Tal is attending VELVET-ROPE LOUD MUSIC PARTY WEDNESDAYS @ Club Pretense”. The party is hosted by her “friend” who she “loves” and whose Facebook wall is littered with quotes from her like, “Where have you been hiding????????? ;-) lol”, evidencing this firm adoration. Come Wednesday, she yanks on her favorite IOS pattern dress, blow-dries her hair straight, and texts her “BFF” telling him that she’s on her way.

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April 9th, 2008 | share

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