Incredibly detailed technical guide to camgirling is a mix of advanced retail psychology and advice on performing emotional labor [Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing]

“Aella,” a (former?) camgirl, writes a practical guide to how to succeed in the business of selling intimacy to men.

So many retail businesses nowadays are now trying to sell emotional connections.

When I stay in a hotel, the desk clerk is not my family. When I phone the bank, I don’t care how friendly and chipper the customer service rep is.

I just want to do my business in minimal time for minimal hassle and then move on.

This is why customer satisfaction surveys make me nuts.

I have had the pleasure of having dinner at the homes of Italian-American families; it is nothing like eating at Olive Garden.