First straight male hooker in US: I am like Gandhi

Marcus Bestin is a man on a mission: to fight the unfair double-standard that makes male prostitution illegal in Nevada. If only this self-described Gandhian could get his history right.

FP Staff February 17, 2012 16:30:42 IST
First straight male hooker in US: I am like Gandhi

Gigolos are going mainstream in the United States. Or at least, that's what ABC News claims in a recent report on this new trend of "affluent and educated" women who are no longer ashamed to shop for love the perfect "boyfriend experience" – or just "straight dirty sex", as a Las Vegas madam puts it.

"I definitely don't want somebody telling me what I should be doing with my money, or my time, or anything like that," says Heather Smith, a "39-year-old single business manager at a Fortune 500 company" who spends $500 to $1,000 a month on gigolos.

First straight male hooker in US I am like Gandhi

Marcus Bestin, however, is not one to play coy. This sex pioneer is the first and only legal straight male prostitute in the United States. Reuters

There's even a new Showtime reality show, Gigolos, that features an escort agency Cowboys 4 Angels that ostensibly provides dates, not actual sex – though Smith claims to have slept with five of its employees.

Marcus Bestin, however, is not one to play coy. This sex pioneer is the first and only legal straight male prostitute in the United States. Employed at the Shady Lady brothel outside Las Vegas, Bestin views his, ahem, work as striking a valiant blow against the double-standards of Nevada law which outlaws male prostitution.

"I'm basically doing what Rosa Parks did when she decided to sit at the front of the bus instead of the back, or what Gandhi did when he had a sit-down protest against the British Embassy," he tells ABC News (click on the video)." "I'm basically trying to reset social norms."

We wonder what would upset Bapuji more: the offense to his celibacy or Bestin's poor grasp of history?

Or perhaps his ghost can no longer be shocked or offended – not since he heard about the aunties in Surat buying sex from traffic cops.

In any case, gigolos are old news in India where the media has long done the "bored aunty" story to death. A recent study reveals that gigolos now even have "their own slang with words like Jiggu (a small height man who would have normal sex with women) and Jaanu (a tall man indulging in similar acts). A Jackpot indulges in fetish acts, while Rambo, Raja, Raju gentleman, hero and Saboo have their personal traits and expertise."

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