Queering the ‘straight’ line: men’s talk on paying for sex

Monique Huysamen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper presents a qualitative analysis of interviews conducted with eight men who identified as clients of women sex workers, but who also spoke about paying to secretly explore their sexual desires for trans women and men. I draw on queer theory to approach the question of how, and to what extent, men’s paid sexual encounters functioned as sites where they could resist the constraints of compulsory heterosexuality and navigate more fluid sexual identities. Highlighting the complex nature and meanings of paying for sex, I argue that the secrecy of the paid sexual encounter provided a space for ‘breaking out’ of the confines of heterosexuality whilst simultaneously being the very thing that allowed men to stay ‘in line’ with what was expected of them within the heteronormative realities of their everyday lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-530
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Gender Studies
Volume28
Issue number5
Early online date19 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Sex work
  • bisexual
  • clients
  • masculinities
  • queer theory
  • transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Cite this

Queering the ‘straight’ line: men’s talk on paying for sex. / Huysamen, Monique.

In: Journal of Gender Studies, Vol. 28, No. 5, 2019, p. 519-530.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Huysamen, Monique. / Queering the ‘straight’ line: men’s talk on paying for sex. In: Journal of Gender Studies. 2019 ; Vol. 28, No. 5. pp. 519-530.
@article{2987c759e4b1435cbfbf2c311435490d,
title = "Queering the ‘straight’ line: men’s talk on paying for sex",
abstract = "This paper presents a qualitative analysis of interviews conducted with eight men who identified as clients of women sex workers, but who also spoke about paying to secretly explore their sexual desires for trans women and men. I draw on queer theory to approach the question of how, and to what extent, men’s paid sexual encounters functioned as sites where they could resist the constraints of compulsory heterosexuality and navigate more fluid sexual identities. Highlighting the complex nature and meanings of paying for sex, I argue that the secrecy of the paid sexual encounter provided a space for ‘breaking out’ of the confines of heterosexuality whilst simultaneously being the very thing that allowed men to stay ‘in line’ with what was expected of them within the heteronormative realities of their everyday lives.",
keywords = "Sex work, bisexual, clients, masculinities, queer theory, transgender",
author = "Monique Huysamen",
year = "2019",
doi = "10.1080/09589236.2018.1546570",
language = "English",
volume = "28",
pages = "519--530",
journal = "Journal of Gender Studies",
issn = "0958-9236",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Queering the ‘straight’ line: men’s talk on paying for sex

AU - Huysamen, Monique

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - This paper presents a qualitative analysis of interviews conducted with eight men who identified as clients of women sex workers, but who also spoke about paying to secretly explore their sexual desires for trans women and men. I draw on queer theory to approach the question of how, and to what extent, men’s paid sexual encounters functioned as sites where they could resist the constraints of compulsory heterosexuality and navigate more fluid sexual identities. Highlighting the complex nature and meanings of paying for sex, I argue that the secrecy of the paid sexual encounter provided a space for ‘breaking out’ of the confines of heterosexuality whilst simultaneously being the very thing that allowed men to stay ‘in line’ with what was expected of them within the heteronormative realities of their everyday lives.

AB - This paper presents a qualitative analysis of interviews conducted with eight men who identified as clients of women sex workers, but who also spoke about paying to secretly explore their sexual desires for trans women and men. I draw on queer theory to approach the question of how, and to what extent, men’s paid sexual encounters functioned as sites where they could resist the constraints of compulsory heterosexuality and navigate more fluid sexual identities. Highlighting the complex nature and meanings of paying for sex, I argue that the secrecy of the paid sexual encounter provided a space for ‘breaking out’ of the confines of heterosexuality whilst simultaneously being the very thing that allowed men to stay ‘in line’ with what was expected of them within the heteronormative realities of their everyday lives.

KW - Sex work

KW - bisexual

KW - clients

KW - masculinities

KW - queer theory

KW - transgender

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85057317579&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/09589236.2018.1546570

DO - 10.1080/09589236.2018.1546570

M3 - Article

VL - 28

SP - 519

EP - 530

JO - Journal of Gender Studies

JF - Journal of Gender Studies

SN - 0958-9236

IS - 5

ER -