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A gigolo is a male escort or social companion who is supported by a woman in a continuing relationship, often living in her residence or having to be present at her beck and call. The gigolo is expected to provide companionship, to serve as a consistent escort with good manners and social skills, and often, to serve as a dancing partner as required by the woman in exchange for the support (which is contrary to typical norms). Many gifts such as expensive clothing and an automobile to drive may be lavished upon him. The relationship may include sexual services as well, when he also would be referred to as, "a kept man".
The term, gigolo, also is applied atypically in some contemporary writings as a euphemism for male prostitutes who provide sexual services (especially to women) on a very casual basis. This use is quite contrary to that associated with the term over the past century, and it is not used often outside of certain milieux (what Emile Durkheim would call milieu social).