As we are talking about male escorting, we want to capture the full dimension of this phenomena. This includes males who offers services to both other males and females. We acknowledge that male escorting is mostly about men who have paid sex with other men and our research has largely focused on this dimension of sex work. Our blog, that describes the existing websites, shows that the majority of these are sites marketed for men. Likewise, research shows that gay identifying men form a large percentage of escorts and clients. But there are a significant number of escorts who either offer services to other men or women or male clients who are not gay or women.
We make several assumptions, directing attention to the future possibilities in sex work: that sex work will be decriminalised across the globe (in some place this reform will occur in our lifetime, in others not); that as a result, stigma around paid sex will be lessened and same-sex relations will be legal in most or all nations and widely accepted (although this will be a slower political and public civic right issue in some states); and that people will be more comfortable with the diversity of sexualities, probably debunking the old lines between heterosexuality and homosexuality. We do not wish to affirm that one sexuality is superior or inferior, one more legitimate than the other, or both are the same. We acknowledge that people express their sexual selves and freedom with great diversity and embodiment of their world views.
Hopefully this context will lessen the need to segregate information for people into separate boxes and move the agenda beyond coping with the effects of stigmatisation to how stigma can be eliminated. We don’t want to over-dwell on marginalisation, even though it is a reality experienced in everyday living as we speak, particularly for gay men. We do want to extend a dialogue on male sex work to existing and new and untapped audiences on this topic and create forums that assist in the deconstruction and removal of stigmatisation.