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The Routledge Handbook of Male Sex Work, Culture, and Society




ISBN 9780367716035
Published April 22, 2021 by Routledge
628 Pages 184 B/W Illustrations

 
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Panoramic and provocative in its scope, this handbook is the definitive guide to contemporary issues associated with male sex work and a must read for those who study masculinities, male sexuality, sexual health, and sexual cultures.

This groundbreaking volume will have a powerful impact on our understanding of this challenging, elusive subject. While the internet has brought the previously hidden worlds of male sex work more starkly into public view, academic research has often remained locked into descriptions of male sex workers and their clients as perverse. Drawing from a variety of regions, the chapters provide insights into the historical, popular cultural, social, and economic aspects of sex work, as well as demographic patterns, health outcomes, and policy issues. This approach shifts thought on male sex work from a hidden "social problem" to a publicly acknowledged "social phenomenon." The book challenges myths and reconceptualizes male sex work as a discrete field. Importantly, it provides a vehicle for the voices of male sex workers and new and established scholars. This richly detailed, humane, and innovative collection retrieves male sex work from silence and invisibility on the one hand and its association with scandal and stigma on the other. The findings within have profound implications for how governments approach public health and regulation of the sex industry and for how society can make sense of the complexities of human sexualities.

A compelling scholarly read and a major contribution to a commercial sector that is often neglected in policy debates on sex work, this handbook will be of great interest to scholars of criminology, sociology, gender studies, and cultural studies and all those interested in male sex work.

Table of Contents

PART I. MALE SEX WORK IN POPULAR CULTURE

1. Reframing the Cleveland Street Scandal in England: Telegraph Boys, the Service Economy, and Compensated Sex

Katie Hindmarch-Watson

2. Youth Male Prostitution in Post-Nazi Germany: Policing the Bahnhof Boys

Jennifer V. Evans

3. "Kept Men" in Silent Gay Cinema: Between Romanticism and Didacticism

Andrew Grossman

4. Male Prostitution and Fashion: Dressed to Thrill

Itai Doron

5. Male Strippers in Popular Film: Representations Disrobed

Andrea Waling

6. Gigolos in Popular Cinema: Magic Mike, American Gigolo, and the Queerness of Heterosexuality

Russell Sheaffer

7. Male Sex Work in Documentary Films: Rhetorical and Ethical Frameworks

Nicholas de Villiers

8. Male Sex Work in the Porn Industry: Gendering Risk and Protection

Heather Berg

 

PART II. MALE SEX WORK IN LITERATURE

9. Male Sex Workers in World Literature: A Sampling from Historical Times to the Modern Era

Felice Picano

10. Male Sex Work Diaries: Archival Discoveries from the Journal Entries of Thomas Painter and Sam Steward and Yuriy Zikratyy

11. Male Sex Work in Comics and Graphic Novels: Representations from an Emerging Genre

Dale Corvino

12. Male Sex Work in the Library Collection: Discoveries in the Stacks

Robert Ridinger

PART III. MALE SEX WORK ONLINE

13. Quantifying Global Male Sex Work Communities in the Technology Era: Revisions in Definitions and Statistics

Victor Minichiello, John Scott, Taylor Harrington, Denton Callander, and Christian Grov

14. Male Sex Work and Digital Regulation: Control and Censorship in Online Spaces

Denton Callander and Ryan DeVeau

15. Male Sex Work and the Law: Regulation of Men Selling Sex within the Context of Female Sex Work

Thomas Crofts and Alice Orchiston

16. Internet-Based Male Sex Work: Varying Roles of Stories, Scripts, and Spontaneity

Kevin Walby

17. Male Independent Sex Workers in the Digital Age: Online Male Escorting in the United Kingdom

Teela Sanders, Jane Pitcher, Jane Scoular, Rosie Campbell, and Stewart Cunningham

PART IV. MALE SEX WORK IN PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

18. Global Epidemiology of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections among Male Sex Workers: Emerging Approaches in Prevention and Treatment

Peter Salhaney, Katie B. Biello, and Matthew J. Mimiaga

19. Male Sex Work and Behavioral Health: Structural Risks, Stigma, and Psychosocial Considerations

Peter Salhaney, Matthew J. Mimiaga, Christopher Santestefano, and Katie B. Biello

PART V. MALE SEX WORKER, ESCORT, AND CLIENT VOICES: "NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US"

20. Male Sex Work and the Female Client: Accounts from a Straight Male Escort

Maxime Durocher

21. Female Clients of Male Sex Workers: Managing Stigma

Hilary Caldwell and John de Wit

22. Trans Men in Sex Work: Prevalent but Overlooked

Max Nicolai Appenroth

PART VI. MALE SEX WORK IN THE AMERICAS

23. Male Sex Work in North America: Frontiers of Change in the United States and Canada

Christian Grov and Drew Westmoreland

24. Male Transactional Sex in the Dominican Republic: The Politics of Labor Exclusion

José Félix Colón-Burgos and Mark Padilla

25. Brazilian Male Sex Workers: In and Out of Termas

Voon Chin Phua

26. Street Hustling in Brazil: Historical Glimpses of Rio de Janeiro

Gregory Mitchell

27. Male Internet-Based Escorting in Argentina: Changing Attitudes and Laws

Carlos Disogra, Victor Minichiello, Rodrigo Mariño, John Scott, Taylor Harrington, and Tinashe Dune

28. Male Sex Work in Mexico: Virile Prostitution at the Plaza Tapatía of Guadalajara

Giovane Mendieta-Izquierdo

PART VII. MALE SEX WORK IN EUROPE

29. Male Sex Work in Italy: Male Hierarchies, Honor, and Sexual Status in the South

Cirus Rinaldi

30. Male Prostitution in Spain: Vulnerability of the Invisible

Iván Zaro

31. Male Sex Work in Sweden: Criminalization of the Client

Marco Bacio

32. Male Sex Work in the Czech Republic: The Intersection of Cultural Norms, Sexual Orientation, and Economic Disparities

Michael Bar-Johnson

PART VIII. MALE SEX WORK IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

33. Male Sex Work in India: Gendered Sexualities and the Market of Mumbai

Ankur Srivastava and R. Vaishno Bharati

34. Male Sex Work in China: Digital Technology and Its Emerging Role

Yifeng Cai

35. Male Sex Workers in China: Repercussions of Local Germ Theories on Safe Sex, Hygiene, and Fatalism

Paul Bouanchaud

36. Male Sex Work and Masculinities in Hong Kong and Mainland China: "One Country, Two Men"

Albert C. H. Yau and Travis S. K. Kong

37. Male Sex Work in Australia: Impact of Legalization, Decriminalization, and Peer Support in Community and Public Health

Denton Callander, Ryan DeVeau, Garrett Prestage, Juliet Richters, and Basil Donovan

38 CONCLUSION

Decriminalization as a Goal: Opportunities, Varieties, and Pathways

John Scott, Christian Grov, and Victor Minichiello

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Editor(s)

Biography

John Scott, PhD, is a professor and the head of the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Trained as a sociologist, John has published widely on a range of themes, including sexual and gendered crime, and is passionate about the promotion of social research from the global south. He co-edits the International Journal for Crime , Justice and Social Democracy , and his recent work includes the co-authored Southern Criminology (Routledge, 2018).

Christian Grov, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Sciences at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. He is the editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Dr. Grov’s research focuses on the sexual health and well-being of sexual and gender minority individuals, with a substantial body of research on sex work, including having co-authored the book In the Company of Men: Inside the Lives of Male Prostitutes .

Victor Minichiello, PhD, is an adjunct professor at the School of Social Justice at Queensland University of Technology and an emeritus professor at University of New England in Australia. He has published a number of pioneering books that shaped the field of HIV/AIDS, gerontology, and qualitative research in Australia. His research on ageism, sexual health, and sexualities is internationally recognized. He pioneered a number of landmark quantitative and qualitative studies on male sex work in the early 1990s, when the topic was considered highly controversial and a taboo among funding bodies and mainstream society.