All of which brings up another issue, the danger factor: an irate and frustrated sugar daddy assaulting a sugar baby who doesn’t want the relationship to entail sex.In the documentary, Carina, a former sugar baby, put it best in trying to differentiate between sugar dating and escort servicing or prostitution: “It can be a bit of a slippery slope.”Fortunately, nothing sinister befell the Donegan sisters on their dates – although it probably helped that a camera crew was around for some of those rendezvous.Hannah, the eldest and a filmmaker, also had the brainwave to shoot the experience for her and her two sisters.What has emerged is the documentary Sugar Sisters, which marks its world premiere Thursday at 9 p.m. The doc, also co-directed by Ann Shin, is certainly an eye-opener, a seeming clash between feminist values and cold, hard cash. One can’t help but think that any new sugar baby would have to be delusional to expect some sugar daddies, forking out big bucks, to be content with simply taking them out for a cappuccino and shmooze.
The older man in a relationship with a younger woman often struggles to correctly identify what it is that has attracted her in the first place.
She has numerous film and TV credits and she is clearly not averse to taking risks and putting herself in the middle of the fray.“I don’t know if I would say sugar dating is really scary,” she says in a phone interview. But one of the things I realized early on is that it’s a lot more like regular dating.“Even with a transaction in place, older men are still looking for a relationship.
Yes, often that involves sex, but if both parties aren’t comfortable with it, the relationship isn’t going to work out.”Hannah is aware of relationships that have gone awry in the sugar-dating world.“I have obviously heard of many different types of stories, and, of course, they’re not all positive – just like any relationship between two people. But the fear of sexual assault exists anywhere, even in a work relationship.”Hannah points out that she and her sisters went on many dates where they didn’t have a film crew following them, and nothing untoward occurred.“We were clear on our expectations.
Nonetheless, Amalia and Caroline were turned off by their dates.
They felt really uncomfortable, and they hardly profited from them.