My first night, there was a gentleman called Bob

It’s easy to forget, but phone sex operators are real human beings, too, with their own hopes, dreams, desires, fears, ambitions, motivations—and reasons for what they do to earn a living.

Mother Jones has a fine photo essay of some of them pouring their hearts out for Laura McClure, Gary Moskowitz, and Mark Murrmann. These pictures are included in the book Phonesex, which will be published in September by Twin Palms.

“My first night, there was a gentleman who called himself Bob.

“He explained that he had no one he felt comfortable telling his desires to, and I felt a strange intimacy between us.

“I think it’s easier to release repressed desires to a non-judgmental, fictional person, because there are no consequences in the outside world.”

View the entire photo blog: Phone sex operators

Photograph: courtesy Mother Jones

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