Male Sex Work and Society

Edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott

Harrington Park Press, LLC

Male Sex Work and Society

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Pub Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9781939594013

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Male Sex Work and Society

Edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott

Harrington Park Press, LLC

This new collection explores for the first time male sex work from a rich array of perspectives and disciplines. It aims to help enrich the ways in which we view both male sex work as a field of commerce and male sex workers themselves.

Leading contributors examine the field both historically and cross-culturally from fields including public health, sociology, psychology, social services, history, filmography, economics, mental health, criminal justice, geography, and migration studies, and more.

Synthesizing introductions by the editors help the reader understand the implications of the findings and conclusions for scholars, practitioners, students, and members of the interested/concerned public.

Much-needed.... Most of the articles are research centered and bring quantitative analysis to historical, national, and cultural events. This research constitutes the most evident strength of the collection.... Scholars researching male sex work will appreciate this crucial step in the right direction.

Publishers Weekly

A compelling new book.

The Huffington Post

Beautifully designed and filled with surprising statistics, historic photos, and artfully shot man-candy, Male Sex Work and Society is an interesting and insightful read.

The Fight Magazine

A valuable resource on an elusive topic.

A & U Magazine

By the conclusion of the collection you are confident that the subject has well and truly been considered from every angle.

Out in Perth

Much-needed exploration of male sex work marks the relaunching of Harrington Park Press, a long-standing publisher of gender and queer studies titles…Most of the articles are research centered and bring quantitative analysis to historical, national, and cultural events. This research constitutes the most evident strength of the collection, as the public understanding of male sex work has largely been defined by false assumptions, gaps in information, and prejudices.


Extensively researched from cover to cover, Male Sex is a highly accessible tome. Seventeen chapters discuss every possible aspect of male sex work, including the history, the issues male sex workers face, and ways that male sex work is treated in various parts of the world. Male Sex not only focuses on workers who service male clients but also explores workers who work with female clients. The male role in this line of work is a fascinating topic the book wholly explores….Academic, public, and GLBT libraries would benefit greatly by including this book in their collection. Whether for sociology, GLBT, or public health sections, Male Sex can be suggested to patrons to give them a view into the world of male sex work. The book is highly recommended for readers 18 years and older.


Achieves its goal to an astonishing degree….This is a pathbreaking, well illustrated book about many aspects of male sex work – historical, cultural, economical, ethnological, legal, medical, psychological and artistic. As the editors explain their aim (p. 462): "to open and clarify a new conceptually broader perspective on the male sex industry…For this reviewer, the book has been an eye-opener, and I suspect that it will have the same effect on many other readers. Especially all those involved with public health issues - from doctors and nurses, social workers and community leaders to the police and the criminal justice system, to public officials and politicians - would greatly profit from reading the various papers included in this volume.

Archives of Sexology

Featuring a fantastic selection of authors from multiple disciplinary backgrounds, this collection sets a new standard for scholarly accounts of male sex work. The empirical depth is remarkable, and the conceptual contributions are refined. Male Sex Work and Society is essential reading for anyone interested in sex, sexuality, identity, work, and GLTBQ issues.

Kevin Walby, PhD, University of Victoria, author of Touching Encounters: Sex, Work and Male-for-Male Internet Escorting

Thoroughly researched and lavishly documented… of considerable interest to social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors and academics in relevant fields… an important work, a serious contribution to queer studies, and a valuable tool for professionals.

Out in Jersey

Minichiello and Scott must be lauded for an intense scholarly work on a hitherto untouched territory… while providing a critically needed resource in the academic space, it manages to open up vast new avenues of research for social scientists.

Pink Pages

A wide-ranging, scholarly consideration of male sex work… Male Sex Work and Society is accessible to any who might be interested in the topic. This book is a valuable resource on an elusive topic.


[A] groundbreaking book… the essays and empirical research demonstrate how serious study of male sex workers may assist gender studies scholars when it comes to theorizing issues of masculinity, commodification of the male body, and the social construction of gender, sexuality, and power relations.


Full of intriguing information.

Yoav Sivan, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide

By offering a variety of different cultural and systemic nuances to studying sexuality more broadly and sex work more specifically, the authors provide a needed document for the important dialogues in research involving sex workers.

Theodore Burnes, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

An invaluable resource to academics and (under)graduate students interested in gender, sexuality and the political economy of prostitution.

Tan Qian Hui, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific

Anyone who is interested in any aspect of male sex work will find something of immense value.... I would highly recommend this book for academics and nonacademics alike.

Jerry Watkins, Journal of the History of Sexuality

Intriguing and engaging from the outset.... This collection is extremely well researched and passionately written, deeming it a necessary companion for anyone who has an interest in the broad and engaging field of male sex work research.

Lorna Barton, Wagadu: a Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies

This collection provides the most comprehensive purview of research on the subject matter.

Michelle Manning, Contemporary Sexuality

Editors Minichiello and Scott have produced a beautiful, diverse, wide-ranging and highly accessible collection of articles.... I highly recommend this volume, especially to researchers just getting involved with this field or to educators who are looking to break students out of their beliefs that only women sell sex.

Thaddeus Gregory Blanchette, Wagadu

A comprehensive overview.... Male Sex Work and Society is a timely addition to the study of male sex workers and a strong contribution to the field of sexuality, health and gender.

Dr. Andrea Waling, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Introduction: Reframing Male Sex Work, by John Scott and Victor Minichiello
Male Sex Work in Sociohistoric Context
1. Male Sex Work from Ancient Times to the Near Present, by Mack Friedman
2. Male Sex Work in Modern Times, by Kerwin Kaye
3. Representations of Male Sex Work in Film, by Russell Sheaffer
Marketing of Male Sex Work
4. Advertising Male Sexual Services, by Allan Tyler
5. Economic Analyses of Male Sex Work, by Trevon D. Logan
Social Issues and Cultures in Male Sex Work
6. Clients of Male Sex Workers, by John Scott, Denton Callander, and Victor Minichiello
7. Regulation of the Male Sex Industry, by Thomas Crofts
8. Public Health Policy and Practice with Male Sex Workers, by David S. Bimbi and Juline A. Koken
9. Mental Health Aspects of Male Sex Work, by Juline A. Koken and David S. Bimbi
10. Gay Subcultures, by Christian Grov and Michael D. Smith
11. Health and Wellness Services for Male Sex Workers, by Mary Laing and Justin Gaffney
Male Sex Work in Its Global Context
12. Male Sex Work in Southern and Eastern Africa, by Paul Boyce and Gordon Isaacs
13. Male Sex Work in China, by Travis S. K. Kong
14. Male Sex Work in Post-Soviet Russia, by Linda M. Niccolai
15. Male Sex Work from Latin American Perspectives, by Victor Minichiello, Tinashe Dune, Carlos Disogra, and Rodrigo Mariño
16. Migrant Male Sex Workers in Germany, by Heide Castañeda
17. Male Sex Work in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, by Paul J. Maginn and Graham Ellison
Conclusion: Future Directions in Male Sex Work Research, by Victor Minichiello and John Scott
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About the Author

Victor Minichiello, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health & Human Biosciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia), and Section Editor of BMC Public Health. An internationally recognized sexual health and public health researcher, Victor has published over 170 books and journal articles that have a high citation rate. He has published extensively on the male sex industry (over 20 journal papers), including invitations to contribute to four recent international edited books and an encyclopedia on men and masculinities, and is one of the world's top authorities on the subject. His research has focused on the sexuality issues of a number of marginalized groups, including men who have sex with men, sex workers, and older people.

John Scott, PhD, is Professor, Faculty of Law, School of Justice, Queensland Institute of Technology (Australia). He is an internationally recognized sexual health and public health researcher. Since 2001, John has published one book, one book chapter, and eight peer-reviewed articles on the sex industry in Australia. He also has published two encyclopedia entries on aspects of the sex industry, and has presented numerous seminars and conference papers on the sex industry at national and international forums.