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Dominican MSM in Online Spaces

Authors: Lauren Perez Bonilla*, University of Connecticut
Topics: Gender, Sexuality, Latin America
Keywords: Feminist geographies, latinx geographies, sex work, Dominican Republic, men who have sex with other men (MSM), online spaces
Session Type: Paper
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The following focuses on heterosexual Dominican male sex workers who have sex with men (MSM) exclusively for money or, as locals call them: bugarrones. By using content analysis as a tool to approach to this topic, I aim to explore and analyze how these men market, promote, and sell themselves –and their services– to their potential clients on the internet. This analysis is done in order to understand the mechanisms Dominican MSM sex workers use to sustain themselves and remain somewhat participants in a neoliberal economic system. Furthermore, I position their definition and online performance of masculinity in contrast to those provided by scholars who previously have studied MSM in the context of the Dominican Republic (Tabet et al., 1996; de Moya and Garcia, 1999; Padilla, 2007, 2008; Padilla et al., 2008; Pope et al., 2014) to see until what degree the current academic literature is still relevant and applicable to both, this population and space. Finally, and by concentrating in online spaces (i.e., dating websites and phone applications), it is my intention to examine until what degree these work as a “safe havens” for these bugarrones.

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