Published: Sept. 25, 2019

In the latest issue of the journal Sociological Perspectives, Assistant Professor Clinical Teaching Track, and Undergraduate Advisor to the Department of Sociology, Maren Scull expands on her previous research into sugar relationships, also known as “mutually beneficial relationships” or “sponsored agreements.”  Although academics have focused on sugaring in various other parts of the world, sugar relationships in the United States have largely been ignored. The few studies that address these arrangements in the United States often frame them as a form of prostitution. Drawing from 48 in-depth interviews with women in the United States who have been in sugar relationships, Scull adopts a connected lives approach to explore the structure of these arrangements and to assess the extent to which they are a form of prostitution.