Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Keith Vaz: Mind Your Language

Fascinated by how papers have described male sex workers.

The Guardian seemed keen on 'sex workers'.

The Independent were divided over 'sex workers' and 'male escorts'.

The original Sunday Mirror front page said 'prostitutes' - no gender given, but the blurred photo showed it was a lad - the accompanying online video said 'male escorts'.

The Mail also seems to prefer the wonderfully euphemistic 'male escorts'.

It fluctuates, but it's usually 'male prostitute' at The Times.

The Telegraph - whose style guide still recommends calling gay men 'homosexuals' - is alone in saying they were 'rent boys'.

Actually Fagburn's preferred phrase.

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