Student prostitution in the age of new communication technologies:
Distinction, ambition and ruptures
Recently, a student union estimated that today “40,000 students prostitute themselves in France”. The root cause is the growing precariousness and high cost of student life. This study, conducted in 2006-2007, filled with real testimonials, is a vivid description of the novelty of this form of prostitution. It is exercised discreetly, occasionally, independently, from the Internet, mainly by young female students who call themselves “escorts”. The lesson of this book is twofold: on the one hand, if student prostitution is primarily linked to a precarious economic situation and parents with modest incomes, it can sometimes be experienced as a means of emancipating oneself from a framed sexuality, of a life that is too smooth or even of taking "revenge" on the myth of Prince Charming. On the other hand, this prostitution differs from so-called "traditional" prostitution: selection of clients, "accomplice" atmosphere, socialization through generational and social class differences... The fact remains that for these students, the "choice" of prostitution remains dependent of a series of social and representative fractures, frequently linked to the power of money, to the attraction of certain material signs of wealth, and also to a double domination: male and socio-economic.
192 pages | ISBN: 9782353410293