Lila's House

Lila's House

by John Dececco, Phd
     
 

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Lila's House: Male Prostitution in Latin America presents insight into male prostitution in a truly global array of Latin American countries. This study focuses on a very specific sexual culture within the realm of male prostitution: the young men of a lower/middle-class brothel catering to a broad range of clients. You will explore the culture of juvenile

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Lila's House: Male Prostitution in Latin America presents insight into male prostitution in a truly global array of Latin American countries. This study focuses on a very specific sexual culture within the realm of male prostitution: the young men of a lower/middle-class brothel catering to a broad range of clients. You will explore the culture of juvenile prostitution and learn from the immediate intervention program that was implemented.

Twenty-five young men between the ages of 13 and 27 were interviewed for this study. They share with you their views on:

  • sexual initiation
  • sexual definition
  • sexual orientation
  • love
  • drug use
  • prostitution
  • family relationships
  • relationships with men and women

    The young men interviewed for this study are in serious danger of being exposed to the AIDS virus and of becoming addicted, if they are not already, to cocaine, crack, or alcohol. Those conducting the study initiated a campaign to supply condoms and raise the young men's awareness about AIDS and drugs and began an immediate support program. The project resulted in the establishment, in June 1997, of an alternative home for juvenile prostitutes, which offers various opportunities for education and work.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite the sweeping subtitle, this case study focuses narrowly on male prostitution in Lila's house, a squalid brothel in a lower-middle-class quarter of San Jose, Costa Rica, where the prostitutes are cacheros--young men who have sex with older men for money. Two gay-health advocates spent six months observing and interviewing 25 workers from the brothel, who were paid for participating. They found that how cacheros talk about sex contradicts their sexual behaviors. Defiantly, the cacheros disavow their supposed homosexuality and instead "compartmentalize" aspects of their sexuality to distinguish themselves from homosexuals. They ridicule gays, balk at passive sex acts that they refuse to (but probably do) perform and boast that prostitution supplies ample cash to support their families. With religious and cultural sanctions against homosexuality forever in their minds, they insist that they don't enjoy their work. All the while, they appear to get drawn deeper into it. Indeed, the well-translated and compelling transcripts of their reflections could easily support an expose of a sexual subculture in the making. Unfortunately, Schifter draws specious conclusions from a rather shallow reading of the cacheros' narratives, and his research methods are poorly elaborated. We ultimately can't tell whom the cacheros wished to distinguish themselves from: homosexuals or Schifter's interviewers. A sophomoric rehearsal of postmodern theory renders this failed case study all the more clumsy. Illustrations. (Sept.) FYI: In October, Harrington Park will publish Joseph Itiel's A Consumer's Guide to Male Hustlers, which purports to "acquaint readers who have a vigorous sexual appetite with a resource available in the gay community which is often shunned or used inappropriately." ($39.95 178p ISBN 0-7890-0596-4; $14.95 paper 1-56023-947-6)
Booknews
Presents results of a study focusing on the young men of a lower- middle-class brothel catering to pederasts in San Jose, Costa Rica. Schifter (regional director, Latin American Health and Prevention Institute) interviewed 25 men in order to assess methods of intervention to protect them from drug addiction, AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Paper edition (1-56023-943-3), $12.95 Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789005939
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
Haworth Gay and Lesbian Studies Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
15.20(w) x 22.20(h) x 1.60(d)

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