DINKS Reality: How Dirty would you get for a Job?

by Kristina on December 16, 2010 · 7 comments

For this edition of our newly added DINKS Reality, we are going to discuss our jobs and careers.

Whether we like our job or we don’t, whether we have attained our career goal or we haven’t attained it yet, our job brings in our monthly income. Our monthly income pays for our lifestyle and living expenses. We know that unemployment is high, and many people have lost their jobs in the past few years.

If you lost your job, what would you do to get another job?

If you have a degree would you accept a job outside of your area of expertise?  Could you accept a lower paying job? I definitely would accept a job even though it undervalued my skills and experiences, because ½ of my previous salary is still more than I would make while being unemployed.  I would also accept a job outside my area of expertise, because money is spent in all the same places, it doesn’t matter how we get it.

Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel follows a crazy man named Mike Rowe who tries every type of job imaginable at least once. Mike is not going to office buildings trying to be a mailroom clerk, and he is not working at major corporations as a COE.  If you have ever watched Dirty Jobs then you know what I’m talking about.  If you have always been employed with a cozy office job, would you be able to accept a manual labour job if it was your only source of income?

As DINKS, if we lost one of our two incomes some of us may be able to survive. But for some others, our lifestyle wouldn’t be sustainable.  It’s gut check time. Think about what you would do to get a job.  Could you and would you swallow your pride to provide for your family?

Lady DINKS I ask you… (Especially if some of you are in Nevada) could you, and would you resort to the world’s oldest profession if you had no other choice? Before you answer I want you to really think about it…could you, and would you do it for your family?  Working in the sex industry as a stripper, an escort, a call girl, or a prostitute is a high paying job with low moral standards.  We would be making a lot more money in the sex trade than we would be making at a job that pays minimum wage.

Male DINKS! I ask you…if you and your spouse were both unemployed, and about to lose your home, and cars, and all other luxuries of your DINK lifestyle, would you let your spouse work in the sex industry to save your financial health?

Dirty Jobs airs on Discovery Channel Tuesdays at 9 pm.  Check it out to see Mike Rowe work on a Maggot Farm, as a Butcher, in a Coffee Plantation, and as an Ostrich Farmer…just to name a few.  He makes my crazy bank clients seem a bit more normal. Every Wednesday morning when I come to work, I appreciate my air conditioned comfy office job just a little bit more.

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1 Honey December 16, 2010 at 11:36 am

My understanding is that straight-up prostitutes are not highly paid at all, in fact may make close to minimum wage if you average it out, not to mention the additional cost/worry of disease, physical abuse, and legal trouble.

I am not sure about strippers but I do know it is not in the club’s best interest to have a smart, highly motivated stripper, so I am sure there are lots of barriers in place to give the appearance that there will be lots of money and opportunity just around the corner that somehow never materializes.

Escorts and call girls can make quite a bit of money; however, the high end of that business (providing the “girlfriend experience”) is just as competitive as any other industry. It is highly unlikely that someone of ordinary intelligence and appearance would be able to land such a gig.

So, I think there are probably better and safer ways to earn money if I were unemployed.

2 Serenity December 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm

As far as morals go, I wouldn’t go that far, even if I was desperate. I suppose some people don’t feel like they have a choice, and they work their way out of it eventually. They have public assistance if push comes to shove, but that’s me.

But as for me, I have no shame about dirty jobs, and personally, maybe it’s my farm-girl background, but I think it builds character to work your way up through cruddy jobs. Or at least, that’s what the places I’m applying to work now say when they see on my application that I worked as a hotel housekeeper and pet store worker. If you’re not willing to scrub bathtubs or birdcages when there’s no other jobs to be had, you don’t have what it takes to make it in jobs that are more mentally challenging than physically challenging.

Plus, you have great stories to tell about weird customers from those sorts of jobs ;)

3 Christine December 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Oof…If I had to I could never do that. I’d much rather work minimum wage at a grocery store. Then again, I’m a interactive designer so if I ever lost my job I could still freelance while working at another lower paying job!

4 First Gen American December 17, 2010 at 12:40 am

No way, too dangerous not to mention gross. I’m sure most guys who want hookers don’t look like hugh grant, more like a big fat sweaty old and hairy dude.

5 Tim December 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

I would appreciate it if you redacted your “low moral standards” comment since there are so many who are not in the sex industry by choice; moreover, the litmus test for morality is highly subjective, where in Europe and other parts of the world sex isn’t promulgated to such lofty puritan value heights as it is in the US.

I’ve done a wide spectrum of labor intensive, menial jobs that I’m never opposed to the GUE (Go Ugly Early) principle. The first basic rule of survival is to lower your standards, whether it be your pride, your standard of living, or your subjective quantification of worth. The reason there are so many people unemployed right now isn’t because there aren’t jobs, it is because people do not want to do jobs which they believe beneath them; moreover, our social welfare system rewards maintaining that sentiment since you derive unemployment benefit so long as you cannot find a job warranting your qualification and/or career field.

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