Sugaring

Regardless of semantics, the premise of sugar dating involves wealthy individuals—who tend to be older and male (though that’s not always the case)—using cash, lavish gifts, and/or help with debt as a means to facilitate and stimulate their demand for sex and intimacy via less-than-wealthy individuals who tend to be younger and female (though, again, that’s not always the case). Businesses attempt to jointly capitalize on the needs of the younger, lower-income individuals and the demands of the older, higher-income individuals in order to pad their own bottom line.

“Sugar dating” and “sugaring”
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“Sugar dating” and “sugaring”

What is “sugar dating”? And how exactly does it relate to “sugaring”? Does it have anything to do with these “sugar babies” and “sugar daddies” you keep hearing about? Is “sugar dating” actually a form of dating? Is “sugaring” prostitution?