Monday, December 03, 2007

The Men of Boystown

[Christianity Today] 3 Dec 2007--While most people tend to traffic in the feminine image of homosexual men, the true landscape of male prostitution is much more complex. In the early 1980s, G. W. Levi Kamel from the University of California, San Diego, spent two and a half years exhaustively researching hustler interactions. Building on a theoretical framework of symbolic interactionism, Kamel identified several types of hustler-client relationships, based on age, sexual orientation, gender-related mannerisms, and sexual-role preferences. The three main categories he identified are:

1. The youthful, gay "chicken" hustler, and the "hawk" clients who cannot find boys who are young enough.

2. The hyper-masculine "trade" hustler, and the "dropout" clients who are disappointed with the femininity of other gay men.

3. The understated "jock" hustler, and the "closet" clients—often suburban husbands or out-of-towners—men who generally find the gay world inaccessible.

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