Growing up, I thought it was rare. Then I grew up. I realized normal men had no problems paying hookers. Some of them even had a girlfriend or a wife. In the media, famous men are caught with prostitutes — international superstar Justin Beiber was caught with a Brazilian prostitute. Even women are starting to accept it.
She Who Controls Her Body Can Upset Her Countrymen
Brazil in “Shecession” as Women Feel Larger Burden of Job Crisis | Wilson Center
In May, At the same time, as women have become the majority among Brazil's unemployed, the difference between the employment rate of men and women grew from 5 percentage points to 7 percentage points. While we can see increased inequality in access to employment during the pandemic, when we analyze the population that is completely out of the workforce—those without paid jobs who are also not seeking employment—the situation is even starker. Women were already the majority of non-workers prior to COVID; but as of September, they represented 63 percent of the population outside of the labor force—and the figure is rising. The reasons for this increase are likely to be pandemic-related. Indeed, with social distancing measures in place and companies less likely to hire, large numbers of unemployed Brazilians simply gave up their search for employment, not wanting to risk being infected by COVID to apply for a job that, in all likelihood, was not there in the first place.
Sex work is a controversial form of income. It is a subject much discussed by experts in feminism, religion, law and politics. And its popular portrayal is often left to people far removed from the realities of sexual commerce.
But it is not just her canny use of the Internet that has made Bruna, whose real name is Raquel Pacheco, a cultural phenomenon. By going public with her exploits, she has also upended convention and set off a vigorous debate about sexual values and practices, revealing a country that is not always as uninhibited as the world often assumes. Interviewed at the office of her publisher here, Ms. Pacheco, 21, said the blog that became her vehicle to notoriety emerged almost by accident.