The Joy and Pain of the Amateur Phone Sex Operator

Melanie Berliet went from working on Wall Street to picking up the most adventurous freelance gigs around. She’s gone undercover as a plastic-surgery patient, a wayward wife, and a naked sushi model while also reporting on opting not to sleep with her former Wall Street boss and getting a truncated bonus as a result. Most recently she picked up the job of a Phone Sex Operator to discover a new type of freelancing.

Berliet prepped herself, and her debut as PSO “Pussy Willow” with a naughty word cheat sheet—featuring words under categories: “Pet Names (Handsome, Stud, Sex God, Big Daddy, etc.), Dirty Adjectives (hard, pulsating, throbbing, wet, etc.), Dirty Verbs (lick, suck, spank, engulf, etc), and Body Parts (tits, balls, tongue, lips, etc.)”—a picture of Brad Pitt and a porno clip so she could “hit play and describe what I saw in case I ran out of ideas.”

Her first customer “Big Rick” was someone she found completely loathsome, but after her session of BR, Berliet was shocked to find she was a little turned on. She writes:

Surprised that a mostly one-sided dialogue with a person I resented might get me going, I ring Dr. Justin R. Garcia, an Evolutionary Biologist with the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Garcia slapped a technical term on the phenomenon: copulatory vocalization. “We know that sound is really important during sex,” he said. Indeed, a quick online search unveiled a study by James M Dabbs of Georgia State University showing that the pupils of both males and females dilate more in response to sexual auditory stimuli than to other kinds. Garcia explained that we use sound to direct sexual energy and to communicate a sense of pleasure. “A big part of this is performance-based, and that’s not a bad thing—that’s just a reality of sex,” he says.

Copulatory vocalization and the power of the auditory sense is overlooked in a highly visually focused realm of sexual satisfaction, according to Berliet. Perhaps being a PSO isn’t the best freelance job for everyone, but for all the Big Rick’s out there, know your operator might not be completely faking.


The Atlantic

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