OK, you’ve made some very good points that are well thought out and well supported. I have been hearing about the declining relationship and marriage rate in several countries, and all of this may well be a factor in that.
As for the escort thing, it’s probably not going to help if you want to settle down and have kids, but it is possible to have a real caring relationship with someone who you pay to spend time with. My husband and I are polyamorous, but we’ve not really had time or bandwidth for dating since we moved to a new city. Instead, we see Tamara (and some of her friends) and we’ve developed real feelings for her, as she has for us.
Dear Elle, is it love if you pay for her time?
Can real love exist in a professional sexual relationship?
It seems to me, based on personal experience, that normalizing sex work would be at least somewhat helpful in all of this.