Tearoom trade study of homosexual behaviour

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Insociologist and ordained Episcopalian minister Laud Humphreys published his book The Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Placesone of the most famous and controversial studies in sexology. After changing his hair, attire, dress, and car, Humphreys visited the homes of the subjects. Under the guise of a social health surveyor, Humphreys interviewed the subjects about their lives without disclosing that he had already met them before.

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By pretending to be a simple voyeur, Humphreys explains that he systematically observed these activities and even recorded the license plate numbers of a sample of tearoom participants. While the systematic observation part of his study permitted an understanding of the rules and roles, patterns of collective action, and risks of the game associated with impersonal gay sex in public restrooms, his tracking down and interviewing a handful of the subjects allowed Humphreys to better understand the identity, lives, and rationality of those men involved in the so-called tearoom trade. While the author defended the ethics behind his research early on, he was still stunned by the backlash it received.

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In the 's PhD student in sociology Laud Humphreys studied men who have sex with other men in public restrooms of city parks. These restrooms were known as "tearooms". Humphreys got his information by acting as "watch queen", playing the role of lookout and warning the men if anyone was coming.

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Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Qualitative Sociology. Like many studies of covert deviance, this paper is based upon a captive sample of persons who have come to the attention of law enforcement agencies.

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Humphreys' book is based on his Ph. The book is an ethnographic study of anonymous male homosexual sexual encounters in public toilets a practice that was known as "tea-rooming" in U. Humphreys was able to observe and describe various social cues body language, hand language, etc.

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Laud Humphreys, a sociologist, recognized that the public and the law-enforcement authorities hold highly simplistic stereotyped beliefs about men who commit impersonal sexual acts with one another in public restrooms. Humphreys decided that it would be of considerable social importance for society to gain more objective understanding of who these men are and what motivates them to seek quick, impersonal sexual gratification. For his Ph.

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From to Laud Humphreys, an ordained Episcopalian minister, conducted dissertation research on men who have impersonal sex with men Humphreys, Because he passed himself off as a voyeur — one who derives sexual gratification from observing the sex acts of others — he was permitted to watch acts that occurred in bathroom stalls without doors. Among other things, he gathered data on locations, the frequency of acts, the age of the men, the roles they played, and whether money changed hands.


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