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Paying for Pleasure: Men Who Buy Sex

by Teela Sanders - £30.99  Willan Publishing (2008)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781843923213 | ISBN 10: 1843923211

Drawing on original empirical data with men who buy sex, this book takes a fresh look at the relationships clients have with female sex workers. The core questions that form the backbone of the research are not only the expected inquiry into ‘why men buy sex’, but also into the sociological and psychological processes that men encounter in order to enter an assumed ‘deviant’ sexual behaviour as part of their everyday lives.
 
These sociological processes of finding, negotiating and buying sexual services are complicated by the stigma directed towards men who buy sex. Exactly how do men behave with sex workers; what are their relationships like; what emotions are involved and can intimacy be bought?
 
Recent online virtual relationships that have established a sex work community, identifies a growing group of men who communicate and create networks through the sex industry. Their experiences of entering a semi-legal activity are influenced by the increasing criminalisation of the ‘kerb-crawler’ and a message from government that buying sex is morally deplorable. Questioning the dichotomy made between commercial and non-commercial relationships, the data suggests that intimacy and commerce are compatible. Managing secrecy, stigma and the consumption of intimacy takes this book into some of the more challenging theoretical areas of masculinity and emotional consumption in contemporary society.
 
Finally, drawing some parallels from the author’s earlier book Sex Work: A Risky Business, the book offers insights into why engagement in commercial sex is prolific as sexual culture is transformed in late modernity.

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