Does Sexism Favor Rent Boys?

Mulling The Male Prostitute

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The working girls and boys of this world may all fuck for money, but that doesn’t mean they get the same respect – or disrespect.

In a thoughtful and timely post, former AOL blogger Richard Rothstein uses Republican hero Jeff Gannon as a jumping off point to examine the wild world of male prostitution:

The ubiquitous and profoundly influential role of the gay male prostitute in American culture is a subject that deserves much more scrutiny and consideration. It should pose many more questions and generate considerably more discussion in the mainstream media and among pundits. Instead the politics of the gay male prostitute is just there, regularly rearing it’s rather prominent head at odd times and in so many diverse way.

I’m fascinated by two questions in particular and the real lack of examination of both. The first, of course, is why the male prostitute plays such a prominent role in our culture and the second is why we don’t really examine that role with a serious in-depth discussion.

Rothstein also points a finger at Dancing With The StarsAlbert Reed, who allegedly had a “compromising” encounter with George Clooney.

Warning: Rothstein’s post has some NSFW bits, namely: Jeff Gannon’s penis.