Every now and again, someone jumps up and down about the word Prostitute. Either it will be a working girl stating that:
I’m not a prostitute, I’m an escort!
Or possibly a pedant, usually a bloke (sorry guys) saying:
You’re all prostitutes and you shouldn’t confuse the issue by calling yourselves anything different. An escort, escorts people (usually men), she doesn’t have sex with them.
For instance, if I tap “Prostitutes” into Google image search, the first result is this charming picture of two street walkers very kindly holding up a lamppost. I shan’t comment on the outfits or the hair… Well, no more than I just have anyway. Now, if you’ve never plied your trade on a street corner, never run over to a car and asked a bewildered Japanese tourist in a rental car whether they are “Lookin’ for business luv?” then why on earth would you want someone to have that image in their mind when they thought of you.
The problem is that while in people’s heads, the word prostitute is synonymous with street walkers, it is actually our correct job title (and theirs too of course).
You can go the other way and call yourself a sex worker, but then you could mean lap dancer, stripper or any number of other things.
So for the guys who constantly question us when we use the words escort, floozy, tart, strumpet and even whore. There is you answer in pictures, so that its easy to understand. The word ‘prostitutes’ brings the above picture. The word ‘escorts’ brings this one. Now call me a snob, but I know which picture I’d rather be associated with.
So consider it a sub-category. A word we use just to clarify things.