Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies tend to have a love/hate relationship with the media. We need the media to thrive, and SeekingArrangement.com has been widely covered, with both positive and negative impressions left on audiences. Though we do our best to control the outcome of each segment or article that covers this website by attempting to cast only the best representation of the sugar world that we can, know that at the end of the day it is not up to us. There is only so much we can do to change the general perspective of what a sugar baby or a sugar daddy really is (or what it isn’t).
The thing to remember here is that the media is not usually interested in telling a story that has a happy ending. They want the dirty details. The controversy. They want the stereotypes. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter who we cast or what story is told, there will always be “experts” around to sway the perspective their way. So the overall public image of Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies isn’t an accurate one, and more importantly, isn’t a positive one. It’s unfortunate really, because if you are a part of this world, you would know that having a little sugar, rarely has a negative impact on one’s life. But not everyone likes to see that perspective.
Some would wonder if the stigma placed on the sugar world has any negative affects on those who participate in it. More often than not, we struggle to cast with in the website because members are uncomfortable revealing their identities or talking openly about this lifestyle. The journalists and producers we work with see this as “shameful” behavior, but we know better. It has nothing to do with shame, but more of the ridicule they would likely receive when thrust into the spotlight. No one likes to be judged, whether they are proud of what they do or not. But does it stop there? Or are you harboring a secret life, or relationship, from everyone you know because of the stigma that has been initiated by the media?
One sugar baby is taking it upon herself to answer these questions, and find out the best way to overcome these obstacles. She is so passionate about this project, that she has taken it upon herself to dedicate her thesis and the next two years of grad school, to studying the adverse effects of media on sugar. If you are interested in helping her gather data and perspective on this subject, she is looking for volunteers. She is looking for people who are willing to share their experiences via phone or skype, and would love to have your valuable insight. We all know that not all sugar is created equal, and that many different stories can be told with in the sugar bowl. If you are interested in sharing yours please send in email to jennifer(at)seekingarrangement(dot)com for more information. If you want to help but are not interested in an interview, please click on the following link to participate in her survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SM2QD8K.
How do you feel about the way sugar is portrayed in the media?
How has the stigma attached to sugar negatively impacted your life?
What has the media gotten right/wrong about sugar?