Suppose you had money and wanted to do something to help people and relieve suffering. If you’re a really good person you might, I guess, go for some sort of optimal charitable contribution. But if you’re like most people (and me, I confess) you might want something that is a more a reflection of your personality, even if that’s not really an optimal way of spending money to relieve suffering.
Here is something you might try. Sexual deprivation causes a lot of people a lot of suffering. Suppose you set up the Sex Fund. Pay people to make atractive porn and give it away over the Internet (I guess there are people already doing this (link NSFW), albeit on what looks like a fairly small scale). Distribute sex toys to needy people and give free education workshops in their use (paging Betty Dodson!). Perhaps you could even pay professional sex workers to provide comfort for the lonely and despairing.
You’d probably relieve rather a lot of suffering. You might even non-coercively prevent a few suicides.
You’d also be publicly vilified from sea to shining sea, and might find the police at your door with a warrant.
Maybe Robin Hanson is right. Charity isn’t about helping.