In the Company of Men: Inside the Lives of Male Prostitutes

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - Psychology - 208 pages
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"In the Company of Men: Inside the Lives of Male Prostitutes" is the only book to document male prostitution from the perspective of a group of men working for a single male escort agency. The in-depth account goes behind the scenes to shed light on the very hidden world of Internet male escorts, their customers, and the niche they inhabit in modern American society. At the same time, it has much to tell us about post-modern identity, culture, and sexuality--and the transformative influence of the Internet on sexual behavior and male prostitution.

Through numerous interviews, the book examines the sometimes-dichotomous relationship between the image men convey and the lengths to which they go in order to meet their most private needs. Readers travel down a cyber Sunset Boulevard to see what attracts young men to work as escorts, how an escort agency serves economic and personal goals, and how a community can evolve among the men involved.

 

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Contents

1 An Accidental Affair
1
2 The Second Oldest Profession?
21
3 Joining the Club
37
4 Getting into the Groove
61
5 Friends and Brothers
77
6 More than a Job
95
7 The Business
117
8 What You Get for a Buck
139
9 Place and Context
157
10 All Good Things
175
Demographic Characteristics of Agency Escorts
191
Cast and Characters Information about People Involved with College Boys
193
References
195
Index
199
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Michael D. Smith, PsyD, is associate professor at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology and specializes in addressing risk behaviors among marginalized teens and young adults.

Christian Grov, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College and a faculty affiliate with the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST), New York, NY.

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