Setting the record straight
I was having a conversation with someone who questioned why people pay for intimacy. They were very much under the popular assumption that "you pay a hooker to leave" (as we all know, sometimes this is the case) and the concept of paying for a GFE seemed ridiculous. Their assumption was that they were paying for something that women all over were willing to give, which was intimacy and companionship, as opposed to just casual sex.
It is true that traditionally, women are socialized to be more open emotionally and intellectually than immediately physically. Based on this, it may seem that establishing an intimate relationship with a woman is easy to acquire without the explicit exchange of money. My response to this is that this community is about access. As a hobbyist, you have access to bodies that you most likely do not have access to in your civie world. So while yes, a GFE might be easily attainable, the specific GFE of your dreams? Not so much.
Also, this rhetoric assumes that all men only want sexual relationships and thus GFE's are not actually "worth" anything. This is OBVIOUSLY not true. There are many men who crave physical closeness, but can not engage in such without an emotional connection.
Also, who says we don't pay for real GF's? Dating in America is set up in a way that the exchange of dates and gifts are expected before and during the time that a relationship is serious and/or physical.
I jus thought I'd throw these ideas out here and get opinions from hobbyists about why it's "worth it".