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Exposure of the body for commercial purposes: The case of self-figuration in male online prostitution.


KeywordsTriple Keywords
Mass communication
Communication, Primitive
Self (Philosophy)


this article explores the body’s figure on online profiles of men offering paid sex services through three types of data. Statistical analysis of reporting information on the body and performing sexual practices makes it possible to approach the sexuality device that links body, gender, race and sexuality. The analysis of profile images shows, through five archetypale figures, erotic visuals of culturally and historically located images serving a denosive and condensive function of interfaced communication between escorts and customers. Finally, the stakeholders’ discourse helps to update the mechanisms at stake leading to the information in the online profile sheets.

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