Let me ask you a question. If a woman says to herself “This guy is quite cute and he has spent a fortune taking me out and bought me a couple of really nice things while we have been together, so why not have some fun and shag him?” is she a prostitute? And what if a woman asks herself the question “Why not get cash for sex rather than a handbag and dinner? The end result is the same.” is she a girl friend? To me the first woman is kidding herself about her status and what she is doing while the second girl is being honest about what is really going on. But maybe I am wrong. So what is transactional sex? Here are some of my thoughts. These are not researched in the traditional sense, they are just my ramblings based on my experience during another day at the office.
So I would say that transactional sex is when money or gifts are exchanged for a sexual transaction or sexual relationship. The gifts can be cash, handbags or even trips. Often, things such as rent, phones, groceries and clothing are thrown in as incentives for transactional relationships and to make them seem less base and “prostitute like”.