The casting couch is the practice of requesting sexual favors by an employer or person in a position of power and authority from a job applicant or subordinate in return for a job or for career advancement.
The term casting couch originated in the motion picture industry, in reference to the couches in offices that could be used for sex between casting directors or film producers and aspiring actors.
In Japan, the casting couch is called makura eigyou (枕営業, "the pillow trade").
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- A selection of contemporary articles regarding the casting couch in the American silent film industry from Taylorology.
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