Sugar daddy (sugar baby, sugar mommy)
It’s become a common term that may have its origins as far back as 1908 when the heir to a sugar fortune (Adolph Spreckels) married an apparently good looking and much younger woman 24 years his junior. She called her husband her ‘sugar daddy’. By the mid 1920’s the term had become slang for a man who offers financial reward or expensive gifts to a younger woman in exchange for intimate companionship.
Now there are any number of services where attractive young women, and men, can meet wealthy older men or women again exchanging financial rewards for intimacy (ahem)
The term sugar daddy now has added ‘sugar momma’ and ‘sugar baby’, the later for those seeking compensation.
This idea of selling intimacy for financial gain has become popular among students who are burdened with massive student debt.
One of the world’s largest such sites recently pointed out that Canadian students are carrying more than 28 billion dollars in debt.
The site says it has 330,000 sugar baby and sugar daddy listings in Canada.
In its annual report it says the number of university students in Canada seeking such an ‘arrangement’ has risen 44 per cent in one year.
It claims that besides an average monthly ‘allowance’ of just over $2,000, the sugar baby also gains networking connections and career and business advantages.
It’s latest report ranks the top 20 Canadian universities in terms of the number of students listed on its site, the top ten in terms of growth last year are below
- Rank University New Sign-Up Growth in 2018 Student Total 2019
- 01 University of Toronto 362 1170
- 02 York University 229 836
- 03 University of Waterloo 204 381
- 04 McGill University 194 805
- 05 Carleton University 145 615
- 06 University of Alberta 142 764
- 07 University of British Columbia 121 359
- 08 University of Saskatchewan 114 561
- 09 University of Guelph 104 728
The phenomenon has sparked a number of documentaries on the practice, and there are coaching sessions for students on how to attract a sugar daddy.
The most common sugar babies are apparently ( in order), student, actrees/model, teacher, cosmetologist, nurse, flight attendant.
While the most common sugar daddies are, tech entrepreneur, CEO, developer, financier, lawyer, and physician.
- CBC: K.McGillivray: Oct 28/16: ‘Daddies’ shower their ‘babies’ with cash and gifts in Toronto’s sugar dating scene
- CBC: K.McGillivray: Oct 28/16: Sugar Sisters: New CBC doc takes first person look at world of sugar baby/sugar daddy relationships
- CBC: Passionate Eye: oct 27/19: Secrets of Sugar Baby Dating (video doc)
- 60 Minutes Australia: Jun 9/19: The secret world of Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies (video doc)