They are, in a sense, the intellectuals, the male hetaerae of our American commercial culture.
A quarantine of the advertising profession would merely drive these "male hetaerae" underground.
Preferring the safe distance of the hetaerae
of ancient rimes, Dumas traces the history of the courtesan in India, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, giving special attention to the four classes of Greek courtesans.
She might even be subsumed under the term "good hetaerae," as defined in a much-discussed passage in Plutarch's Table Talks which deals with the suitability of Menander's comedies for recital at symposia:
One has to be aware that "good" and "bad" in the context of hetaerae do not so much indicate moral qualities as categories defined by the economic needs of their male paying customers.