Buying Sex: Men and the Marketplace
The lack of male clients in contemporary and historical studies of commercial sex is not surprising when it is seen as symptomatic of the double standard of sexual morality, the pervasive attitude that held women solely responsible for the moral, legal and medical consequences of commercial sex contracts. ‘The prostitute’s client appears to have been neglected by students of prostitution in favour of the woman,’ was sociologist Rosalind Wilkinson’s understated comment. ‘This continual avoidance of half the subject may explain the divergent views which exist concerning the function of prostitution as a social phenomenon.’1 Even today, the purchase of sex, understood as part of a more generalized biological male need for sex at all costs (literal and figurative), remains largely naturalized, uninterrogated and ahistorical.
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