Technology, normalisation and male sex work

Macphail, Catherine, Scott, John, Minichiello, Victor, & (2015) Technology, normalisation and male sex work. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 17(4), pp. 483-495.

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Abstract

Technological change, particularly the growth of the Internet and smart phones, has increased the visibility of male escorts, expanded their client base and diversified the range of venues in which male sex work can take place. Specifically, the Internet has relocated some forms of male sex work away from the street and thereby increased market reach, visibility and access and the scope of sex work advertising. Using the online profiles of 257 male sex workers drawn from six of the largest websites advertising male sexual services in Australia, the role of the Internet in facilitating the normalisation of male sex work is discussed. Specifically we examine how engagement with the sex industry has been reconstituted in term of better informed consumer-seller decisions for both clients and sex workers. Rather than being seen as a ‘deviant’ activity, understood in terms of pathology or criminal activity, male sex work is increasingly presented as an everyday commodity in the market place. In this context, the management of risks associated with sex work has shifted from formalised social control to more informal practices conducted among online communities of clients and sex workers. We discuss the implications for health, legal and welfare responses within an empowerment paradigm.

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ID Code: 80157
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Themed Symposium: Sex, Health and the Technological Imagination
Keywords: male sex work, Australia, Internet, Normalisation
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2014.951396
ISSN: 1369-1058
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminological Theories (160204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2015 00:18
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 15:44

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