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by Reverend_Danger   June 12, 2008 at 2:42PM  |  Views: 249

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Phillip Toledano is a NYC photographer whose works now include portraits and accompanying interviews with several phone sex workers.  He took the project on to explore the nature of a faceless business (like Amazon, eBay, and just about everything else on the interwebz) that thrives on having an imaginary face - a personable and person-less exchange.

It took me a while to process Toledano's work.  The pictures are just of normal people, it seems, which is what one would logically expect.  Nobody really thinks the nymphets from the commercials are really the ones on the other end of the line.  Perhaps that happens, but it seems like sexy voices would be distributed evenly across humanity's bell curve of physical beauty.  

So what is he trying to show? People using these services know they're deluding themselves.  It's called suspension of disbelief, and it's also the reason that Lord of the Rings is a lot of fun to watch.  But, after reading the interviews, more is revealed.

Below is one of the women he photographed and a quote from her interview.  As you might expect, she’s not what you’d expect.

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“I got into phone sex because I thought: ‘Why not get paid for talking dirty, instead of doing it for free?’ It brings up my self-esteem so much, knowing guys are looking at my pics and wanting to talk with me. Wanting me to take them to a whole other place, filling their fantasies… painting that picture in their mind for them.”

Isn't it interesting that she would put up her pics?  I mean, whatever tickles your pickle...but the trend in most phone sex adverts is to have lithe, little twenty-somethings crawling all over a bed and each other while giggling into a mouthpiece. This woman, who doesn't conform to popular standards of physical beauty, chose to put her pictures up when the opportunity to "look" like anybody in the world was there. 

There're other surprises, too.  There's an arthouse-looking girl that just seems to like the control offered to a storyteller.  There's a wife of 25 years who has a B.A. in cultural anthropology.  Further, there's a male phone sex operator photographed and interviewed.  He's almost a caricature of a Latin lothario. Here's what he says:

“I am a straight male who speaks to women. They want me. They want me to talk to them, and to take them to another world. I’m good at it. I’m a pro."

Check out the rest of the pics at his site, and consider next time you sweatily punch your keypad the humanity on the other end of the phone.  Ya know, if that's your thing.

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