The concept seems seemed simple enough: In return for a “mutually beneficial arrangement,” a young woman, a “sugar baby,” would provide a “girlfriend experience” to a deep-pocketed older man, a “sugar daddy.”The world’s largest sugar website, Seeking Arrangment, has more than 5 million active members in 139 countries, with more than 200,000 in Canada.
And according to the website, the average sugar baby is earning around ,000 a month “in allowance.”So the Donegan sisters were keen to try it out.
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She has numerous film and TV credits and she is clearly not averse to taking risks and putting herself in the middle of the fray.“I don’t know if I would say sugar dating is really scary,” she says in a phone interview. But one of the things I realized early on is that it’s a lot more like regular dating.“Even with a transaction in place, older men are still looking for a relationship.
Yes, often that involves sex, but if both parties aren’t comfortable with it, the relationship isn’t going to work out.”Hannah is aware of relationships that have gone awry in the sugar-dating world.“I have obviously heard of many different types of stories, and, of course, they’re not all positive – just like any relationship between two people. But the fear of sexual assault exists anywhere, even in a work relationship.”Hannah points out that she and her sisters went on many dates where they didn’t have a film crew following them, and nothing untoward occurred.“We were clear on our expectations.
Nonetheless, Amalia and Caroline were turned off by their dates.
They felt really uncomfortable, and they hardly profited from them.Statistics from Seeking Arrangement indicate that more than 40 per cent of its members are students trying to pay off school debt.And the site has stats: Leading the way for new sign ups from universities in Canada in 2014 was the University of Toronto with 195, Mc Gill with 161 and University of Saskatchewan with 151.“This is a film about understanding personal boundaries,” Hannah says. A lot of people in marriages and partnerships view their relationships more as a transaction than other relationships that hold love as the highest value.“I’m an advocate for sex work and for young women who think it’s important to own their sexuality. I’m also an advocate for everybody being able to engage in consensual relationships, whatever they may be. I think there is something empowering about being paid for the emotional labour that dating takes out of you. That happens a lot as well.“The people I went out with on dates didn’t cross any boundaries.They were obviously looking to push the boundaries.And that makes you – her sugardaddy – highly desirable and irresistible.