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    #Follow: exploring the role of social media in the online construction of male sex worker lives in Dublin, Ireland

    Ryan, Paul (2016) #Follow: exploring the role of social media in the online construction of male sex worker lives in Dublin, Ireland. Gender, Place and Culture, 23 (12). pp. 1713-1724. ISSN 0966-369X

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    This article draws from qualitative interviews with 18 South American male sex workers in Dublin, exploring how their use of the gym and new social media has created alternative spaces for the conduct of commercial sex. The interviews reveal how sex workers alternatively use escort specific sites in conjunction with mainstream dating apps like Grindr, offering greater flexibility and control over how they are self-defined within the sex industry. These male sex workers become known for their presence in gyms and clubs within the small gay community offering potential clients a real-time embodied interaction. Social media, like Instagram, offered the men in this study a further platform to share part of a choreographed online world with thousands of followers presenting new economic opportunities. The men trade access to their bodies and to their taste in designer commodities and lifestyle to interact with followers who can financially contribute to dictate the format of the photos available for private or public consumption.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Male sex work; Instagram; gym; social media; Grindr;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 11969
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    Depositing User: Paul Ryan
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 11:33
    Journal or Publication Title: Gender, Place and Culture
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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