“Aren’t women prudes if they don’t and escorts if they do?”
Kate Millet (American feminist author)
Escorting is not a new phenomenon – it has existed for a long period of time. May be some centuries ago, there were no terms like escorts agencies, directories and independent escorts, but there were escorts. A lot of them were low class companions, but high-class female escorts were also to be found.
There is a list of world famous historical persons who have engaged in escorting.
Laura Bell – was a famous well-educated escort of Victorian England. She was most notorious for allegedly earning 250,000 pounds for spending a single night with Nepalese Prince Jung Bahadoor, although other sources say that was the total he spent on presents for her over their full relationship.
Nell Gwynne – was one of the earliest London escort to receive prominent recognition, and a long-time companion of King Charles second. Called “pretty, witty Nell” by Samuel Pepys. She was charming, lovely and attractive female escort.
Cora Pearl – was a magnificent French escort in the 19th century. Pearl became involved in a life of escorting in London, and happened to meet several reasonably wealthy, respectful men who were interested in becoming her clients for more than just an evening’s amusement. These men needed little attention, as their main concern was a high class communication with a woman who was pretty, young, attractive and who could be socially acceptable, intelligent, witty and discreet. Her most famous lovers were: Prince Willem of Orange, Son of the King William 3 of the Netherlands, Prince Achille Murat and Duc de Morny (half-brother of Napoleon 3).
Madame de Pompadour (her real name – Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, Marques de Pompadour) – was a well know escort and the famous mistress of King Louse 15 of France.
Su Xiaojun (also known like “Little Su”) – was a splendid escort and poet from Qiantang city (China). Well known for her intellectual talent and great beauty, Su Xiaoxiao or “Little Su” pursued the values of love, beauty and humanity.
Michelle Tea – is an American bisexual author. Her autobiographical works explore strange, odd culture, feminism, working-class experience, escorting, and other important themes.
We can find famous escorts not only in the history, but also in mythology. There is a list of famous mythical escorts.
Bebhinn – in early Irish mythology was a Goddess of Pleasure and fertility. In the history the name Bebinn was associated with historical as well as mythical figures, including a number of queens and escorts.
Naamah – an angel of escorting, one of the close mate of the demon Samuel in Zoharistic Qabalah.
Xochiquetzal (Aztec mythology) – was a goddess of flowers, fertility, games, dancing, agriculture, also escorts and pregnant women. She was originally a moon and love goddess.
I want to finish this list with the words of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (the husband of Queen Elizabeth 2 of the United Kingdom): “I don’t think an escort is more moral than a wife, but they are doing the same thing.”