New Pleasures and Old Dangers: Reinventing Male Sex Work

Minichiello, Victor/Scott, John/Callander,
Denton (2013): New Pleasures and Old Dangers: Reinventing Male Sex
Work, in: Journal of Sex Research, 50(3-4), pp.
263-275.

DOI:
10.1080/00224499.2012.760189

Abstract

Understandings
of male sex workers (MSWs) shift with technological,
conceptual, and social changes. Research has historically
constructed MSWs as psychologically unstable, desperate, or
destitute victims and their clients as socially deviant perverts.
These perceptions, however, are no longer supported by contemporary
research and changing societal perceptions of
the sex industry, challenging how we understand and
describe “escorts.” The changing understandings of sexuality and
the increasing power of the Internet are both important forces
behind recent changes in the structure and organization of MSWs.
The growth in the visibility and reach of escorts has created
opportunities to form an occupational account of MSWs that better
accounts for the dynamic and diverse nature of the MSW experience
in the early 21st century. Recent changes in the structure and
organization of male sex work have provided
visibility to the increasingly diverse geographical distribution of
MSW, the commodification of race and racialized desire, new
populations of heterosexual men and women as clients, and the
successful dissemination of safer sexual messages to MSWs through
online channels. This article provides a broad overview of the
literature on MSWs, concentrating its focus on studies that have
emerged over the past 20 years and identifying areas for future
research.

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