GOOD explores seven practices that haven't changed much over time for one simple reason: they got it right on the first try.
Technology has come a long way in the past 50 years, but some things still work better the old-fashioned way. GOOD brings you seven examples.
ProstitutionoriginsOften called the world's oldest profession, the exchange of sex for money dates back to ancient Greece.toolsWit, charm, and sex appealOlivia Delamere, courtesan:I've been a courtesan for a year now. So much has been written about what courtesans actually do, but most of it is a myth. I do get to travel a certain amount, and I do meet some very interesting people, but 80 percent of what I do is sex.Courtesans have a long tradition. The word itself dates back to 16th-century Europe, where it was used to describe women who were high-class prostitutes or mistresses to wealthy men, but the concept dates back to the hetaeras of ancient Greece. Courtesans were skilled in intellectual, conversational, and artistic pursuits, and they enjoyed more power and freedom than many women of the time due to their independent resources. I'm a traditional courtesan in that I believe the role of a good courtesan goes beyond the purely physical. I also think modern courtesans are rated as much on their ability to perform sexually as they are on their intellectual and creative abilities. To put it bluntly, if you suck in the sack, then all the education, travel, and listening skills in the world aren't going to make you a good modern courtesan.I think there will always be a demand for what we do. This is one of the few professions that's genuinely recession-proof, especially at the higher end. My clients are normal people, the vast majority of them are married, most are professional, and some are wealthy. I tend to appeal to a certain type of man-someone in his 40s or 50s who is erudite, charming, and usually not short of company; who is outwardly successful but perhaps inwardly a little lonely. For some, it's mainly about the sex and about a tryst without ties, for others it's about excitement and the frisson of a double life, and for others it's more about affection and warmth and companionship. Details of where we go are private, but suffice it to say that hotels feature prominently on my itinerary, as do more unusual locations. The wildest thing ever requested of me is subject to a confidentiality agreement, and the second-wildest one is unprintable. The third-wildest one was sex on a mountaintop. I not only did it, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!
Maggot TherapyoriginsThis practice has a well-documented history both in Mayan and aboriginal cultures, as well as in Renaissance Europe. Its popular use in the States resurged in the late 1980s.toolsMaggotsPam Mitchell, maggot-therapy patient:I'm a diabetic, and diabetes has its complications. I got a cut on my toe that didn't heal and got infected down to the bone. I had to go on an antibiotic IV for six to eight weeks, but it didn't work, so I had to have the tips of my big toe and the one next to it amputated. I was on all these antibiotics, all these creams, all these high-tech treatments. And they had me wearing these shoes that cut me, and that got infected, so I had to have surgery.\n\n\n
|They put 600 maggots in the hole in my heel, and then they put pantyhose over them so they wouldn't get out. Of course, they really don't want to once they start feasting.|