Jackie Samuel, a 29-year-old single mother and college student in Rochester, New York, has discovered an interesting way to make a buck: she charges people to cuddle with her. Yes, she’s a “professional cuddler.” She calls her business “The Snuggery” — I guess “The Cuddle Bunny’ was already taken — and charges strangers $60 an hour to cuddle with her in her home. She does impose a rule banning clients from touching any part of her body covered by underwear, which begs the question: is kissing allowed?? What about ear-nibbling? Hair-pulling? And what happens when a client gets a boner?
Clearly, the lines are fuzzy and it’s not surprising that some people are calling Samuel a prostitute.
Samuel says: ‘Some have said I am worse than a prostitute because they think snuggling is more intimate than sex. I’ve been told I’m monetizing love.’
One of her repeat customers said that Samuel’s cuddles helped him through a bad break-up and described the sessions as ‘meditative.’ He even said he would continue to see her while in a relationship. ‘There’s no cheating element, it’s not immoral,’ he said.
Come again? I’m sorry, but if paying some woman other than your partner 60 bucks to curl her body around yours for an hour isn’t cheating than color my chopsticks purple ’cause that’s just crazy (especially when a cuddly girlfriend pillow is a lot cheaper and not so, you know, cheater-y). But, you know, kudos for Jackie Samuels for pinpointing a natural talent and figuring out a way to make a buck off it. “I think I was born knowing how to snuggle,” she says. “Snuggling is healthy, spiritual and fun.” And lucrative. Samuels reports making up to $260 a day for a few hours of work.
[via Daily Mail]