In , sociologist and ordained Episcopalian minister Laud Humphreys published his book The Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public. Ethics Controversies: Case Studies – Debates about the ethics of the Tearoom Trade Study Methodology. In the ‘s PhD student in sociology Laud. Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places. 2. \; f! ri. ‘; i’. ~j. ~. ” I. I.j. Ij. ‘e.:~ f :’ t. lAUD HUMPHREYS. ‘”,. “,. At shortly after five o’clock on a weekday.

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Research ethics materials trsde 2. The University of Wisconsin. He found that subjects were often married, identified as Roman-Catholic, and had spouses who did not take birth-contro l.

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Of the other 62 percent of Humphreys’ subjects, 24 percent were clearly bisexual, happily married, well educated, economically quite successful, and exemplary members of their community. The research occurred in the middle s before institutional review boards were in existence. Most have found his most serious ethical violation the way he disguised himself and went to mens’ homes on a false pretext, invading their privacy.

This enticed certain subjects to visit tearooms because they offered a cheaper alternative to the costs of rearing an unexpected child with his wife or the costs of paying for a prostitute and a hotel room. Laud Humphreys entered the field of sociology after serving for tearoo, years as a clergyman in the Episcopal Church. However, years after publishing his study, Humphreys spent some time in a jail for an unrelated incident.

Humphreys separated from his wife in and began living with Brian Miller, a graduate student at the University of Alberta. During this time, sodomy accounted for the majority of homosexual arrests. 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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However, anti-sodomy laws currently exist in the law books of twelve states. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Humphreys argued his deception hjmphreys justified as the acts were so stigmatised he would not have got the information otherwise. This survey allowed him to formulate an idea of the home life of subjects in his study.

In lzud citation needed ]the presidential session at the Society for the Study of Social Problems SSSP was devoted to honoring Humphrey’s pioneering work on sexuality. The tearoom activities were impersonal. The psychology of human sexuality.

If conducted appropriately, research studies provide the foundation of new and insightful sources of knowledge.

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Both of these versions were published in Prophet of Homosexuality and Sociology. Understanding Human Sexuality 9th ed.

Louis, Missouri to pursue the PhD in sociology. However, there were about a dozen subjects to whom Humphreys revealed his true identity in order to gain assistance in conducting the study, learning the rules, and locating tearooms. Merely engaging in sexual alud with the same gender could merit an arrest, and this risk increased significantly if the humphregs were conducted in a public facility.

Schacht notes that this fact “makes it one of the best selling books ever written by a sociologist.

That is, only 14 percent were members of the gay community and were interested in primarily homosexual relationships Humphreys, Fifty-four percent of his subjects were married and living with their wives, and superficial analysis would suggest that they were exemplary citizens who had exemplary marriages. Humphreys’ book is based on his Ph. Entering and trqde a tearoom quickly and efficiently resulted in less explaining that a man needed to provide to his family in order to justify his absences.

This left some subjects in a position where their sexual desires were not met by their spouse, who avoided both the use of contraceptives and the chance of an hkmphreys pregnancy. Impersonal sex in public places. Men would pick a restroom positioned in a remote part of the park, isolated by distance from highly trafficked areas ladu as the entrance or busy sports fields.


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Does the value of gaining information about sexual practices justify the violation of people’s privacy? Humphreys’ findings destroy many stereotypes. Their alternative source of sex had to be quick, inexpensive, and impersonal. True, today one could not do such research because there was no ‘informed consent’ but then again, in many cases, when doing research on deviant behavior, one will never get ‘informed consent’ so we miss out on a lot of important findings.

Humphreys also concluded that such encounters were harmless, and posed no danger of harassment to straight men. In not identifying himself as a researcher Humphreys argued he was doing nothing wrong, he was merely observing behaviour in public spaces and said he masqueraded as a gay “watch queen” so as not to interfere with the research.

In the event oaud law enforcement saw fit to arrest Humphreys for conducting this controversial study, the sensitive data he meticulously collected would be demanded by the authorities. After changing his hair, attire, dress, and car, Humphreys visited the homes of the subjects. Police officers were aware of several tearoom locations. As Humphreys investigated the phenomena, noticeable patterns emerged.

Impersonal Sex in Public Places in For most of the rest of his life, he was in private practice, although he and Miller co-authored articles about gay subcultures and victims of violent homophobia.

The watchqueen took on a voyeuristic role, receiving pleasure and arousal from observing the sexual interaction.