were never short on lovers. Though many of them also had other
professions, mainly in the theaters or dance halls, they did not
need to work out of fear of someday being desolate. Courtesans
were some of the wealthier people of the time and this was largely
due to the fact that men were in constant demand of what they
When a man
took on a courtesan it was a status symbol as well as a way to
engage in sexual acts. Because courtesans were often very well
educated they could hold up an argument with most men. They were
intelligent and well taught in all areas of daily life.
were found all over Paris because they were in constant demand.
They were a symbol of richness for any man. Oddly enough men found
with courtesans what they did not allow their own wives to have.
Men kept their own wives demure and docile while they spent a
great deal of their time with courtesans who were certainly none
of the above. A fiery temper was actually an asset for a courtesan,
men liked to find a female companion with pizzazz who was smart
and of course beautiful, while they took wives who came from wealthy
families as wives.
had wealth and affluence as well as being objects of consumption.
It was partially due to the wealth and affluence of these women
that men consumed what it was that they had to offer. They were
never worried about going out of work. Even when they aged and
perhaps lost some of their previous beauty and fire they either
tuned to the elderly set of gentlemen or retired and lived in
luxury. Sometimes they opened a salon and became well known and
the nineteenth century courtesans remained objects of consumption
and opulence. Though their profession was looked down upon it
thrived simply because they embodied everything that the men of
that time wanted.
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