The XX Factor

Farewell to the Rosa Parks of Male Prostitution

Nevada legalized male prostitution in December of last year by making a simple “housekeeping” change to the wording of the law, which had previously required prostitutes to undergo cervical testing for sexually transmitted diseases and now allows for urethral exams as well. But the first male prostitute himself, a gap-toothed young man who compared himself with Rosa Parks in an interview with Details , quit yesterday after receiving fewer than 10 customers. The proprietors of the Shady Lady said they’d had requests for a straight male’s services for threesomes and thought he might bring in other female business, but they apparently overestimated the market, even for a guy who promised to love a woman “for a whole hour” and help her leave feeling “empowered.”