Real Men Get the Best Bar Girls: Performing Masculinities in China’s Global Sex Industry

  title={Real Men Get the Best Bar Girls: Performing Masculinities in China’s Global Sex Industry},
  author={Eileen Yuk-ha Tsang},
  journal={Deviant Behavior},
  pages={559 - 573}
ABSTRACT The shifting power relations in China after the global financial crisis are redefining masculinity for both Western and Asian men. Connell (1995) argues that in most societies a hegemonic masculinity usually exists that privileges heterosexual middle-class and economically successful men who exhibit characteristics associated with being masculine. The global financial crisis has led to a new global financial order that has created paths for people to reimagine hierarchies of class… 
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