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CAN WE BUY MASCULINITY? A QUEER HISTORY ON THE PURCHASE OF SEX DURING THE 20TH CENTURY
September 26, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm$10
With his research based on Argentina’s society as a point of departure, Patricio Simonetto will discuss ideas pertaining to sex work as a central practice for male embodiment. Imagined as dangerous and immoral but also uncontrollable, sex work caught the attention of doctors, judges, policemen and policymakers. Sometimes celebrated as a way to cure “homosexuality” among soldiers, other times punished as being culpable of bringing sexually transmitted diseases to the family, it was a central part in the construction of Argentinean sexual imagination.
In conversation with German Garrido, Simonetto will present a queer perspective about how Argentinean men carried out sex work and the role it played in their daily life during the 20th century, covering a wide range of topics from classified letters from president Juan Domingo Peron asking for prostitutes to satisfy the soldiers’ desires, accounts of friends searching for sexual services in rural areas to the emergence of gay clientele at the end of the century that paid for “rent boys.”