Reinforcing Authentic Intimacy? Relationships between an Escort Boy and His Male Clients in the Spectre of COVID-19 in France.

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Author: Kostia Lennes
Date: Spring 2021
From: Anthropology in Action(Vol. 28, Issue 1)
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 2,410 words
Lexile Measure: 1350L

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Drawing on the story of Valentin, one of the key participants of my current research on escort boys and their male clients in Paris, this article offers some reflections on the very meaning of intimacy as it is lived and experienced by this escort boy and his clients in the spectre of COVID-19. As a strict lockdown has been decreed by the French government for two months between March and May 2020, the situation has been somehow indicative of Valentin's relationship with his clients. The lockdown showed how authentic intimacy, cleared of expected escort performances, arose with even more intensity between Valentin and one of his clients. This article explores the changing nature of their relationship in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. KEYWORDS: authenticity, COVID-19, escorting, France, intimacy, men, sex work

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