Masculinity and the Occupational Experience of Male Independent Escorts Who Seek Male Clients
AbstractWhile male sex work (MSW) is a highly gendered practice involving the commodification of the male body, masculinity has rarely been examined to understand this new occupational environment. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twenty male independent internet-based escorts in Brisbane, Australia. Masculinity was used as a conceptual tool to understand the nuances of the escorting experience, resulting in two themes: Endurance and Technical Skill. These themes were aligned with hegemonic expressions of masculinity, a system that orders masculinity into a hierarchy and potentially marginalises escorts. Participants thus used features of a system that subordinated them to attain primacy in the same framework, avoiding stigma. These themes described were far removed from dialogues of deviance oft-repeated by past sex work research, and instead bolster the view that male escorting is moving toward a paradigm of normalisation. We thus argue that masculinity is a critical conceptual tool in understanding the contemporary dynamics of the male escorting experience as it becomes increasingly normalised. View Full-Text
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Kumar, N.; Scott, J.; Minichiello, V. Masculinity and the Occupational Experience of Male Independent Escorts Who Seek Male Clients. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 58.
Kumar N, Scott J, Minichiello V. Masculinity and the Occupational Experience of Male Independent Escorts Who Seek Male Clients. Social Sciences. 2017; 6(2):58.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kumar, Navin; Scott, John; Minichiello, Victor. 2017. "Masculinity and the Occupational Experience of Male Independent Escorts Who Seek Male Clients." Soc. Sci. 6, no. 2: 58.
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