Classism, anyone?

I like how the show emphasizes the “upscale” nature of the business, how the women were “not cheap.” This seems largely related to the fact that the women were college-educated.

Also, there’s all this fascination with how the tools of “the DC Madam’s” trade were those of the typical middle-class entrepreneur: not only does she have training in business, but she uses a computer, a cordless phone, and (my favorite) a shredder. Plus, according to 20/20, Palfrey is “selling a service” to have a “comfortable lifestyle in California.”

It disturbs me that part of what makes Palfrey palatable for mainstream TV shows is her middle class status, but at the same time I’m loving her no-nonsense business lady responses to the 20/20 reporter.

— Annalee Newitz

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