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“Bad weather puts us off sex!” says creepy firm still asking men to pay to for female holiday companions

July 23rd, 2012

The shocking British summer does more than put a dampener on our barbecue plans – it also dampens the fires of our passions. Or so the Daily Express would have had you believe recently:


THE wet weather has put a dampener on everything this summer – including sex.

As Britain flounders in its wettest summer for decades, a new survey has found the torrential rain has been a passion killer which puts both men and women off love-making.

See, they even used that obvious line about putting a dampener on things. However, who commissioned the survey?

The dating website MissTravel.com polled its 20,000 British members on top holiday aphrodisiacs.

Yep, our old friends at MissTravel.com – the ‘wealthy men paying for attractive girls to go on holiday with them’ site, which recently appeared on this very blog after the revelation that women who go on holiday are more likely to sleep with strangers (the implication to their customer base being obvious).

And just in case the implications weren’t obvious enough, here’s the head of the business to bludgeon anyone still not sure what he’s getting at:

Website founder Brandon Wade said there had been a surge in membership with the wet weather.

He said: “Who wants to stay in rainy Britain when they can enjoy the sunshine? Travel itself is the greatest aphrodisiac.”

If consenting adults want to enter into an arrangement whereby companionship and even sex is traded for travel or money, I’ve little issue with that – what bugs me is the pseudosociological truisms trotted out by the company in order to get press attention, and the hook-line-and-sinker approach of Express journalist Tom Morgan in publishing these blatant media-baiting sentiments.

This isn’t news; this is an advert.

Update: Many thanks to Sean Ellis, who pointed out that these ‘findings’ directly contradict previous ‘findings’. From July 1st, 2010:

Rain evidently does a lot to put people in a sexy mood, as 80 percent of U.S. adults say they have had sex during a rainstorm, a survey indicates.

The brand being promoted at the time?

A survey by the makers of Trojan Brand Condoms found 83 percent of Americans rate rain as the best weather for sexual intercourse, while seven in 10 say they have had sex during extreme weather, such as a thunderstorm, a tornado or a hurricane.

Absolutely perfect.

“Women have sex on holiday!” says creepy firm asking men to pay to for female holiday companions

July 9th, 2012 (Updated: July 23rd, 2012)

Some PR stories are so clearly and obviously pitched that the same article, in almost the same words, can feed into the narratives of multiple newspapers at once. Here’s one such example, leered over excitingly by The Sun:

Brit hol girls go bonkers! Third enjoy sex on beach

BRITISH girls are hot stuff on their hols — with a THIRD admitting they have enjoyed a bonk on the beach.

More than 40 per cent of women under 30 have had a one-night stand on holiday — while one in ten have had at least FIVE lovers during a week-long break.

The shocking survey of British holidaymakers’ love lives also reveals nine in ten girls have more sex in the sun than when they’re at home.

And here’s the same story being sneered at and morally-judged by the softcore-pornography-clearing-house that is the Daily Mail Online:

Sun, sea and sex: More than 40% of women under 30 admit to having one-night stands on holiday

More than 40 per cent of British women under 30 have had a one-night stand on holiday, according to a new survey.

The poll, which explored the nation’s sexual habits, found that holiday-makers are more likely to have casual sex abroad than when they are at home.

And getting in touch with their adventurous side, 30 per cent said they enjoyed spending evenings canoodling outdoors on the beach.

Which side are we meant to fall on? Are we to rub our knees and phwoar like a Carry On film? Or should we tut and dismiss the youth of today as a bunch of amoral hussies? Or, maybe, we should take a look behind the survey, and see what that tells us… from the Mail:

The findings were revealed in a poll for dating website MissTravel.com, which asked its 30,000 female British members ten questions about their sexual habits during their summer holidays.

Commenting on the findings CEO Brandon Wade, said: ‘It is clear that women become much more sexually liberated when they are out of their comfort zone.

‘Once they get into their bikini or travel to an exciting new city our members’ thoughts turn to sex.

‘Almost one in three of our members have had sex on a beach

MissTravel.com, for those who aren’t aware, are less of a dating website and more of a ‘wealthy men paying for attractive girls to go on holiday with them’ opportunity. From their own website:

Who needs money, beautiful people travel for free! Travel dating for generous and attractive people

The business is model runs thus: single men with plenty of money are able to choose young, attractive women from the pages of the website’s catalogue membership list, and determine which of them they’d like to hire accompany for a holiday. Such sites are relatively new, albeit based on a business model which bears striking similarity to the world’s oldest profession. Which would of course be fine, were it sold transparently so, rather than hiding the model behind the seeming legitimacy of this pseudo-sociological bullshit research.

Looking again at the story through the lens of the dubious product it’s promoting, the angle is clear:

Hey, men! Finding it hard to get into a girl’s knickers? Join our site, pay us a fee, take a stranger abroad and you’ll have a 2 in 5 chance of getting laid. You’re welcome, creepy millionaire / desperate and frustrated singleton!

At least The Sun have the good grace to display their venality up front – The Daily Mail’s faux outrage at the amoral youth of today is somewhat undone by the otherwise glowing reports of Miss Travel and their ilk below the fold in the article.