If we were making a list of people most likely to strike a blow for women's sexual equality, Mike Tyson, convicted rapist, and Heidi Fleiss, convicted tax evader (a consequence of her time as the "Hollywood Madam"), probably wouldn't rank too high. But as the Los Angeles Times' Las Vegas Blog, Movable Buffet, reported yesterday, Tyson is apparently in talks with Fleiss to be one of the first hired for her groundbreaking "stud farm," which, if approved, would be the first Nevada brothel to sell the sexual services of men instead of women.
Fleiss tells blogger Richard Abowitz she thinks Tyson "definitely would" be one of her employees, and that the former champ told her "it's every man's dream to please every woman no matter how old, how young, how fat, how pretty, how ugly, it's every man's dream to please every woman and especially get paid for it ... Hell yeah, I'll be your number one stud." That's funny. I sort of thought it was the dream of most old, young, fat, pretty and ugly women to avoid sleeping with convicted rapists.
Other interested men shouldnt be disappointed that Tyson's got a job locked up. Fleiss, who says she's prepared to fight Nevada on grounds of sexual discrimination if it turns down her application to start the brothel, telling Newsweek, "What's good for the goose should be good for the gander," plans to hire 20 men and keep 10 "on stand-by." (An employment application, which I'm totally considering filling out, is here.)
There's enough material here for those interested in sexual politics to mine for years, but I have to point out one thing. Though Fleiss may be doing her part to show the world that men can be sexually exploited just as much as women can, she's no saint of sexual equality: No men will be allowed to partake of the, er, services offered at the stud farm.