April 13, 2015
You may have heard about a job posting for a “brothel tester” last month. The posting was made by Kaufmich, a German social network for sex workers, brothels, and other companies in erotic environment ~ and their clients.
The job posting was in Kaufmich’s Magazine, where the tasks were defined ~ as translated:
Test brothels after service, cleanliness and compliance with safe sex practices. You will enjoy sex with various women and then create a score which is then published on www.kaufmich.com. Also visit Kaufmich events such as bukkake parties and gang bangs, which will then be evaluated according to their quality.
Along with being the usual sort of “people person” many employers seek, qualified applicants were to be team-oriented and be able to meet the following requirements:
- (Technical) university degree in a business direction (preferably hotel industry) or equivalent
- Practical experience from several years of brothel visits, experience Escorts advantage
- Clean, neat appearance
- Health certificate
- Ideally experience with ISO 9001 or EFQM
- Communicative and analytical skills
- Enjoy working with people, no reservations
- Accuracy, creativity and openness to new, complex applications
- Fluent in German, spoken and written, any additional language (preferably French) is an advantage
There were plenty of comments, and, I surmise, applicants for this “dream job.” However, it was noted by at least one person, that the job posting was “very focused on the male candidates,” if not outright discriminatory:
A female candidate will not have a chance, because who “enjoy sex with different women and developing assessments that are published in KM”?
I also think a visit Bukkake parties and gang bangs, would be for a female testers not to be thrown more of a test.
There are actually female tester, but “must set decoy” one, which is associated with costs.
So I think the task for the job misrepresented, at least for a female candidate.
This, of course, was not mentioned in any of the media coverage, including at Newsweek.
Days later, Kaufmich published an update on the brothel tester job opening, including a version in English:
We here at Kaufmich.com stand for equality and societal acceptance of sex work and thus fully support our members in a non judgmental pursuit of their individual lifestyle preferences. The job advertisement, which was perceived by many as an early April fools day joke, was in fact our attempt to raise awareness for the level of social stigmatization that sexual service providers are still exposed to. Would such a job really be that strange? Brothels are legal businesses in Germany and many other countries. Despite their legal status a quality tester for a brothel, however, seems to attract much more attention than, let’s say, a hotel tester or mystery shopper. How enormously viral this average job opening became in the end even exceeded our wildest dreams.
So we are not actually looking for a brothel tester. We completely trust the authentic evaluations of our members for that job. It is indeed our escorts and their clients who can best judge how satisfying a service, client or establishment really was to them. Our members are the real quality testers!
While I do applaud the publicity stunt, there remains no comment on the sexist assumptions of gender in sex work.