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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(2), 58; doi:10.3390/socsci6020058

Masculinity and the Occupational Experience of Male Independent Escorts Who Seek Male Clients

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Department of Sociology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
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School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
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Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health, and Society; School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
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Received: 27 January 2017 / Revised: 17 May 2017 / Accepted: 31 May 2017 / Published: 5 June 2017
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Abstract

While 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
Keywords: male escorting; sex work; masculinity; occupation; legitimization male escorting; sex work; masculinity; occupation; legitimization
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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.

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