Fare Tales and Fairy Tails: How Gay Sex Tourism is shaping the Brazillian Dream

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Source: 
Gregory Mitchell
Year: 
2010

This article analyzes the aspirations of michês, straight-identified Brazilian men who exchange sex for money with gay-identified male sex tourists from North America and Western Europe. In so doing, the author contrasts the exoticising fantasies of the tourists with the consumerist daydreams of the michês, who often see sex work with men as one of the few routes available to them for consumer consumption and possible migration. Contrary to existing research on Brazilian sex workers, the author's findings demonstrate that, for the michês, the ability to participate in consumer culture occupies their minds far more than discussions of sex or AIDS.

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