by David-Elijah Nahmod
The co-editors of a book about male escorts have launched a website in support of the often misunderstood profession and hope to demystify it and to work toward the decriminalization of sex work.
John Scott, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Social Justice at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, and Victor Minichiello, Ph.D., a social scientist and adjunct professor at the School of Social Justice at the university, co-edited Male Sex Work and Society (2014, Harrington Park Press), which examines male sex work from a diverse array of perspectives, including public health, sociology, psychology, social services, history, economics, and mental health. The men’s aim was to enrich the ways in which the public views male sex work as a field of commerce and male sex workers themselves.
Minichiello and Scott recently launched Me, Us and Male Escorting, a website that seeks to take the message of the book even further. They explained their long-term goals to the Bay Area Reporter via a joint email from Australia.