In the Company of Men: Inside the Lives of Male Prostitutes

In the Company of Men: Inside the Lives of Male Prostitutes

In the Company of Men: Inside the Lives of Male Prostitutes

In the Company of Men: Inside the Lives of Male Prostitutes


Two-thirds of men hiring male escorts at one Internet agency were married to women and 80 percent of them were in relationships of some kindaethe agency had almost no female clients. Among the male escorts themselves, a quarter of those hired by men were straight and had girlfriends. What other fascinating and hidden facts does this type of study reveal


At first, when reading In the Company of Men, I was drawn into the authors’ tale like a fascinating novel. I thought, “This is not only a great story, with fascinating characters and insight into a whole new world, but it will make a great movie!” Indeed, the authors describe the business owner “Martin” and present captivating narratives of his male escort service workers in such detail, you can “see” the rooms they lived and worked in, “hear” their conversations, and “feel” their emotions.

What a great movie this book makes.

But reading on, I am also drawn into the book for professional purposes, as it is a fascinating academic exploration of the world of male escorts. The authors, both members of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and other professional organizations and faculty members of universities, give us professional insight into the psychological needs and motives of the men— who are very real, not fictional! Health professionals are made privy not only to the inner lives of the people in this world and the types of men who make this choice, but to historical perspectives and to academic research (such as that about the nature of decision making) as well as the specifics of how the escort business works, with clear tables (e.g., about the places, demographics of the escorts, types of sex acts) and creative figures that describe the sociological, psychological, and entrepreneurial structures.

The authors, Michael Smith and Christian Grov, both teachers and researchers, certainly have the expertise to tell this tale. Smith, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at Susquehanna University, studies male . . .

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