Female prostitution has existed for centuries. Male prostitution has existed right along with it, in the same temples and ancient societies. In fact, male prostitution was considered sanctified in many religious cults, as many male prostitutes were associated with the goddess, making sexual relations with them a form of goddess worship (Greenberg 106). Yet, in modern society, male prostitution is put on an even lower level than female prostitution, which is tolerated to a degree. Male prostitution, like female prostitution, is a social group unto itself, filled with hierarchies, introduction rituals, sanctioned behaviors, and sociological implications for the work that they do and their place in our society. By examining who male sex worker are, who their clients are, what male sex workers do, and the implications of their existence and acts, I argue that the male prostitute fills a social role and is a social group, in the same vein as other “deviant” sexualities.
Nathaniel Fuller, ’04 Caledonia, NY
Majors: Secondary Education and English
Sponsor: Tina Fetner