The Men of the World’s Oldest Profession


MALE-SEX-WORK-570Male Sex Work and Society
Edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott
Harrington Park Press. 512 pages, $50.


ANY BOOK about male prostitution is bound to call to mind the classic 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, in which Joe Buck, a dishwasher-cum-gigolo from Texas played by Jon Voight, moves to New York to offer his services to women. But he finds it hard to set up shop and resorts to male clients instead, who turn out to be either dishonest or unable to pay. So Buck often ends up losing twice by not getting paid for sex that he didn’t enjoy.

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Yoav Sivan is an Israeli journalist based in New York City. He maintains a website at


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