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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Male escorts in popular culture: Example #1 - Zalman King's Red Shoe Diaries - "How I Met My Husband"

This will be an ongoing series of blog posts as I explore the role of the male escort in popular culture.

Red Shoe Diaries was a soft porn series that aired on Showtime during the 90s. I discovered it when I was 17 during my senior year of high school. At the time, it was a big deal for me to watch something like this because it was the raciest stuff I had seen up to that point in my life. Some episodes were better than others, but this particular episode, "How I Met My Husband", is one of my favorites.

The pilot episode starred David Duchovny of The X-Files fame, who played a man named Jake. His fiancee, Alex, kills herself after becoming involved in a reckless affair with another man. Despondent and looking for answers as to why Alex would take her own life, Jake takes out an ad in the classifieds asking women to share their stories of love, loss, and betrayal, thus creating the "Red Shoe Diaries" that focuses on a different woman's experience through a letter he gets every week.

I felt a little strange seeing this episode after so many years for some reason. It's still sexy, maybe not quite as titillating as it once was, but I still think the acting is fairly good and decent, as well as the story. The shy woman who becomes the dominatrix Mistress Eve and the male escort/exotic dancer Giuseppe have good chemistry. Ironically, I thought the brief sex scene with Giuseppe and the rich woman in her Rolls-Royce was sexier than the final scene at the end, which was a little contrived, but still kind of hot. Overall, a nice fantasy. :-)

P.S. I always loved the intro and the theme song! ;-)

EDIT: The episode is no longer available for free online. However, you can purchase it through VOD on Youtube here: