A reader writes:
Andrew, could you please stop referring to publishers who sell sponsored content as whores? It’s really offensive to whores.
Update from a reader:
This was meant as a joke, but our culture’s ease with the word “whore” and the ease with which sex workers are shamed is despicable. If you want to show someone is really worthless, say they’re a whore. Like the LGBT community, sex workers are a group whose existence challenges traditional sexual relations. Is the reason they are openly scorned that society feels they choose this, and maybe even that they profit? But even if you think that true (it’s not), we shouldn’t deplore a word that carries so much sexist hate.
Men can be whores just as much as women can. But point taken.