This article analyzes the aspirations of michês, straight-identified Brazilian men who exchange sex for money with bisexual and gay-identified male sex tourists from North America and Western Europe. In so doing, I contrast the exoticizing fantasies of the tourists with the consumerist daydreams of the michês, who often see sex work with men as one of the few routes available to them for consumer consumption and possible migration. Contrary to existing research on Brazilian sex workers, my findings demonstrate that, for the michês, the ability to participate in consumer culture occupies their minds far more than discussions of sex or AIDS.
"Fare Tales and Fairy Tails: How Gay Sex Tourism is Shaping the Brazilian Dream,"
Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women's & Gender Studies: Vol. 8:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cortland.edu/wagadu/vol8/iss1/5