Read this during undergrad for one of my many sociology classes. By posing as an initiate, the author was able to engage in systematic observation of homosexual acts in public settings, and later to develop a more complete picture of those involved by interviewing them in their homes, again without revealing their unwitting participation in his study.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I loved how the author expects us to believe that he was just a "watch queen" during his "observations" of tea room sex. The sex is for men who are definitely interested and show their interest by their behavior. Alexander Kelley rated it really liked it Sep 03, From the time of its first publication, Tearoom Trade engendered controversy.
Humphreys' book is based on his Ph.
Community Reviews. Eiselein, American Anthropologist -Few sociological books in recent years have received the attacks and accolades that Tearoom Trade has. Numerous and frequently-updated resource results are available from this WorldCat. The sex is for men who are definitely interested and show their interest by their behavior.
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Nonetheless, others have defended Tearoom Trade , pointing out that participants were conducting their activities in a public place and that the deceit was harmless, since Humphreys designed the study with respect for their individual privacy, not identifying them in his published work. No trivia or quizzes yet.
But this book got me to imagine that it might be nice once in awhile for sex to be that simple, fast, easily obtained, and free of all emotional entanglements. Read more