Following Up the “Prostitute” Accusation
Callers to Dan Yorke’s show, after the exchanges with both Megan Andelloux and Donna Hughes were particularly incensed by the latter’s referring to the former as a “prostitute.” What Hughes meant (and said that she meant) was Andelloux’s sideline as a “foot fetish model.” A 2008 Providence Phoenix article about her offers the description that she goes to parties monthly at which men pay to “admire her feet.”
The article is not specific about where the boundaries of “admiration” are (and I, for one, am not particularly interested to know). One would hope, on Hughes’s behalf, that she knows a bit more that might justify the accusation of “prostitution” — as opposed to, say, “stripper” or “erotic model” or something. Take my word for it, though, that Professor Hughes has information about activities in Rhode Island that would make even the worldly shudder.
Given limited information — especially in the context of a targeted conversation on talk radio — it isn’t unreasonable to suggest that “prostitute” might have been hyperbolic but not, strictly speaking, inapplicable. It’s worth noting that Andelloux’s response, when Dan pressed her on the accusation, was that she doesn’t “call [herself] a prostitute,” has never taken money in exchange for intercourse, and has never done anything “illegal.”
Not unrelatedly, Andelloux dissembled when Dan asked her, in response to an email from me, about her husband’s affinity for abortion, casting it as simply a procedure that he — like many medical students and doctors — knows how to do. In actuality, it’s the one specific medical intention he lists on his Daily Kos bio:
RPCV Senegal 99-01, Resident Family Doc in RI, Future abortion provider.
Just realized that this post doesn’t link to my June post about Mr. and Mrs. Andelloux.