Gay-for-Pay: Straight Men and the Making of Gay Pornography

  title={Gay-for-Pay: Straight Men and the Making of Gay Pornography},
  author={Jeffrey Escoffier},
  journal={Qualitative Sociology},
  • J. Escoffier
  • Published 24 January 2003
  • Sociology
  • Qualitative Sociology
This article explores the social conditions that enable heterosexually-identified men to turn in credible sexual performances in gay pornographic videos. These men are widely known in the porn industry and among spectators as gay-for-pay. Drawing on John Gagnon and William Simon's theory of sexual scripts, this article shows that performers adopt a “persona” as a career script that functions as a sexual resume which establishes the kind of permission the actors give themselves to work in the… 
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