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The Challenges of Male Provider Mobilization
August 16, 2019 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
As members of the sex workers rights community themselves, Shaan Lashun and TTBaum are no strangers to the inherent differences of working in the sex industry between (T)M4M and F4M providers.
(T)M4M providers have traditionally been overlooked, if not completely ignored, in conversations about sex worker rights. Few providers are willing to speak publicly about their experiences, presenting huge challenges to organizing “male”-identified sex workers into peer support groups and sex worker rights activist blocks. The lack of engagement seems to be fueled by three major taboos: stigma against sex work in contrast with toxic masculinity; the stigmatization of homosexuality; and, differences in the sexual commodification of gendered bodies.
What could a strong (T)M4M provider presence in the larger sex work community look like? How can it come to fruition as an added voice without capitalizing on male privilege? This session does not claim to answer these questions, but presents an opportunity to begin the discussion.