More on the Georgetown Personal Assistant Seeker

So the story of the Georgetown sophomore searching for a personal assistant to do laundry, fill up his car with gas, and complete various other menial tasks has reached the pages of The Washington Post. Readers of the original Georgetown Voice blog post on the subject quickly figured out his name, and he responded to the Post‘s queries via—what else?—Facebook.

The Post quotes a student defending the assistant-seeker (I’m trying not to use his name; it’s readily available if you want to find it) in similar terms as some of the commenters on the blog post (though most were negative):

But other students were more understanding. “Listen, I think if there’s a market for it, and someone wants to do it, all the more power to him,” said Corey Sherman, 20, a junior international politics major who has two jobs. “Maybe he just wants the personal touch — knowing the human being folding his underwear.”

Maybe there’s a market for it and maybe someone’s willing to do it. That’s not the point. The point is that if a kid who is 19 or 20 doesn’t see a problem with having someone who attends his university doing his laundry for him—if he doesn’t find this power relationship inherently screwed up—he wasn’t quite raised right. Harsh, but true.

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Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.