Would You Rent-a-Gent to Run Your Errands?

Would You Rent-a-Gent to Run Your Errands?

They call it Rent-a-Gent. The headline reads, Handsome Men on Demand. Apparently I could rent a guy here in Virginia, for $200—an hour. I’ll take this one: gigolo, husband for hire, dating

Theoretically he has a Masters degree–intellect is a big turn-on for me. I just wish he had a little more chest hair…

Oh, Shucks! He’s in New Jersey.

Rent A Gent is a trusted marketplace of handsome, smart, and talented men on demand. Available for rent by the hour. The men are selected by women with women’s priorities in mind. Our customers are smart, busy and awesome. Women’s roles are changing and Rent A Gent is the product of our changing world. We can now enjoy the lifestyle that has been enjoyed by men for centuries. This is a guilt-free pleasure. It’s fun. It’s exciting.

Rent A Gent will deliver you a “wow” experience, guaranteed, or your money back.

A handsome gent is the perfect addition to your bachelorette party, birthday party, corporate event, date, or in your kitchen washing your dishes.”

I don’t know about you, but as a single woman I’d love to have a guy pop over occasionally to tighten the drawer knobs and reach those high places with the dust mop that I can’t reach. I could walk by and pinch his ass, like my ex-husband used to do to me. Or I could make ‘hubba-hubba’ sounds when he walked by.

According to the video posted on their website these guys aren’t for, ahem, you know. They’re escorts and more.  They have titles like Chef, Boxer, Stripper, Actor, Firefighter. Not sure if those are meant to represent what they’ll do for you or to indicate their interests…a smattering of both I suspect.

So, would you pay $200 for Eric to wash your dishes? Isn’t that about the silliest thing you’ve ever heard?

I’m reminded of the movie, The Wedding Date, with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney. She hires him to be her girlfriend for a family wedding. Typical plot–arrogant man, woman who’s confused. They dislike each other until they don’t. Love ensues and all is well.

It’s not that simple being single. Many of us face those challenges of who to go to the concert with, or dining alone. We face the societal notion that as single women we must somehow be flawed. It’s difficult being the odd one at a dinner party or the unescorted divorcee at the family wedding. Renting a hot guy for the event might be just the ticket. But, it seems to me that we create another set of problems when we bring strangers into our lives just so we don’t have to be alone. Maybe being alone at times is OK.  And the idea that “We can now enjoy the lifestyle that has been enjoyed by men for centuries”, whatever that really means, doesn’t sit well with me. Doesn’t that reinforce the stereotype of women as nothing more than housekeepers–waitng on men, hand and foot…or that women are simply around for men’s convenience?

Would I rent a guy? No way. I could pay a plumber or hire a handyman, but I’d be uncomfortable hiring a piece of young beefcake to take care of what needs fixing! Besides, who pays a cleaning service $200 an hour? The site is full of photos of very sexily posed men—studs—all young and theoretically vetted by the female board of advisors running the site.

So tell me, really. Did this guy sign up so he could run our errands and take out our trash? beefcake

By the way, he’s available in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and other states. I guess travel is extra?

 

22 Comments
  • Katie Paul
    Posted at 08:50h, 27 May Reply

    I don’t know, I’d be tempted to do it once, just for the experience. It could be a lot of fun…

    • Walker
      Posted at 12:58h, 31 May Reply

      Katie, maybe. But I’d want a little more for my $200 than a clean floor or a few ironed blouses!!!

  • Liz Scherer
    Posted at 08:52h, 27 May Reply

    These guys used to be referred to as gigolos or male escorts. Once a gent, always a gent. BTW, can you define ‘women’s priorities?!’

    • Walker
      Posted at 09:23h, 27 May Reply

      Liz, my thoughts on ‘priorities’ as well! My priority probably wouldn’t include paying cash for something I could find in a real relationship.

  • Dana@chocolateandsunshine
    Posted at 08:56h, 27 May Reply

    I’m a single mom, twice-divorced. Cute as they appear to be, I would never hire a guy for anything other than lawn mowing or construction projects. I have no problem attending any event on my own. However, girlfriends’ husbands are often the ones who decide they prefer couples to party with rather than singles. I find this very annoying.
    I laughed, too, that this reminded me of Debra Messing’s movie.
    Loved this post!!
    Enjoy your week.

    • Walker
      Posted at 09:24h, 27 May Reply

      Dana, I too have found myself out of the loop since divorcing. And, there have been times when I’ve needed someone else to help with chores that are beyond my skill or strength level. BUT!! So glad this hit the right spot! Thanks for popping over.

  • Doreen McGettigan
    Posted at 09:23h, 27 May Reply

    It’s a cute notion but as women we have detested this stereo type for ever, so it seems wrong to be party to the reverse behavior.
    For me, no.
    I won’t judge though:)

    • Walker
      Posted at 13:06h, 27 May Reply

      Doreen, I think that you’ve hit on the real issue here. We may chuckle about this, but it is really a sort of objectification…though we can posit that the men are voluntarily seeking out this work.

  • Sharon Greenthal
    Posted at 09:40h, 27 May Reply

    I’m sorry, but this just sounds a little creepy to me!

    • Walker
      Posted at 13:07h, 27 May Reply

      Agreed. Photos look pretty smarmy.

  • Carol Cassara
    Posted at 09:44h, 27 May Reply

    When I was newly single in the mid 80s I met a guy who told me he wanted to be dominated. I was so inexperienced & naive it freaked me out and I never saw him again. Later, I realized I’d missed an opportunity to say, “Yes, take of all your clothes and here’s the vacuum. I want the house spic and span and you gone by the time I get home at 4!” This reminded me of that. LOL

  • Ellen Dolgen
    Posted at 13:08h, 27 May Reply

    He is really handsome….whatever floats your boat…but if I were single I would try cultivate some healthy – real relationships!

    • Walker
      Posted at 19:20h, 27 May Reply

      Ellen,
      I don’t really find him all that handsome–the plastic “model” looks doesn’t reflect a person with depth of character and life experiences–a judgment, I know. I think this is ‘fun’ to talk about but I’m not sure how many of us would seriously consider something like this.

  • Ms. Quote
    Posted at 13:58h, 27 May Reply

    Hmm … “Errands.” Is that the new code word for escort?

    I prefer men my age or older, even if I had the money to “rent a gent.” With Parrot out of town, I have a guy friend who often refers to himself as my “fake date” — strictly platonic — whenever either of us has some kind of event to attend.

    • Walker
      Posted at 19:21h, 27 May Reply

      That’s what we need…a good friend we can share times with and turn to for assistance. And give assistance in return. When it comes to what’s attractive I prefer older men too!

  • Ms. Quote
    Posted at 14:14h, 27 May Reply

    Back in the day of AOL, one of my friends got a message from a guy who offered to do her housecleaning in the nude for free. She replied, “Do you do windows?”

    He never got back to her. He either didn’t appreciate her sense of humor or didn’t do windows.

    • Walker
      Posted at 19:21h, 27 May Reply

      Ha ha. I think that’s a great retort.

  • Tamara
    Posted at 21:59h, 27 May Reply

    I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time believing that the services provided are all non-sexual… but I might consider hiring somebody to do the chores I don’t like so I have time and energy to spend an evening out with my hubby!

    • Walker
      Posted at 22:11h, 27 May Reply

      Tamara, I agree..there’s got to be more! I’d love to hire someone to take on some of my tasks too!

  • Lisa Froman
    Posted at 21:32h, 30 May Reply

    Ha, I loved the movie “The Wedding Date.” This was a fun post. Honestly, I don’t have a strong opinion about this; I think in theory if one had money to burn and were adventurous, it could be fun to hire someone cute to fix your dishwasher or stain your door, etc, or take you to a party. (Hey, maybe even be the inspiration for a blog post. LOL.)
    But to be clear, I’m not talking about anything inappropriate…!

    • Walker
      Posted at 12:56h, 31 May Reply

      Thanks Lisa, I was trying to give it a light tone and not have someone accuse me of sexism!

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