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Opening Arguments

A sensible Midwesterner

Let's hear it for the values of the Heartland, where we watch out for our hard-earned dollars instead of just throwing them away like those profligate wastrels on the coasts:

The husband of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told police he paid a prostitute $150 for sex in February.

Troy, Mich., police were investigating an Internet-based prostitution ring when they stopped Stabenow's husband, Thomas Athans, whom police believed had just met a prostitute at a hotel and paid to have sex with her, according to The Detroit News. Athans admitted to paying the 20-year-old woman to perform oral sex on him.

Did you get that? $150. That's a reasonable price. Eliot Spitzer hired a $1,000-an-hour hooker. If Midwest prostitutes charged what New York ones do, that means poor Mr. Athans got only 4 minutes of pleasure.

Oh, wait. Come to think of it, that sounds about right:

Maybe men had it right all along: It doesn't take long to satisfy a woman in bed. A survey of sex therapists concluded the optimal amount of time for sexual intercourse was 3 to 13 minutes. The findings, to be published in the May issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, strike at the notion that endurance is the key to a great sex life.


Harl Delos
Thu, 04/03/2008 - 10:14am

Leo, according to the cops who watching, he was in that room for FIFTEEN MINUTES, from the time he entered until the time he exited.

It was at the Residence Inn, exit 69 on I-75, where your choice is $119 for a studio, or $159 for a suite, according to their website.

At that same exit, there's a Motel 8, where you can get a room for $59, according to their website.

Is it really worth the extra $60 for the Residence Inn? Do you suppose he was paying a lot of attention to the room?

Sounds like a profligate wastrel to me.

And I suspect that survey by the therapists probably says more about the therapists than about women.

Ben Keeler
Thu, 04/03/2008 - 12:48pm

$150 seems more reasonable than over $1000