SOC229 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Ethnography, Summary Offence, Bsc Young Boys

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Tea Room Trade Week 6
Tea Rooms OCT 19
Tea Room Trade
- Controversial subject
- Title Tea Roo refers to e ho hae se i ashroos
- The textbooks are the description of what Humphrey witnesses in the Tea Rooms
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Tea Room
- Tea Rooms: a public place where men go for impersonal sex
- In practice it refers to washrooms (can be parks or anything)
- Phenomenon that involves men only
- Very common
- Occurs in all major cities, small towns, UW, WLU, Companies, shopping malls
- Washrooms are located in out of the way places
- Characteristic of washroom
o Not frequented by those who use the washroom for its actual purpose
- Humphrey learned of this
o He was a priest, did a lot of advising and mentoring Christian kids, and
noticed that they were going to tea rooms
o Purpose of study was to ethnography: in-depth study of small number of
cases
o Exploratory research, can not make a clear hypothesis
o Characteristics of these washrooms, these men
- In Canada and US the sex between men is not criminal it is legal
o What makes it criminal is the fact that the Tea Rooms are in the public
o Minor criminal offence (summary conviction)
o Maximum is 6 months
o These men do not get prison time
o It is still treated seriously
o The social stigma is greater then the legal stigma (extremely traumatic)
o These are normally law abiding men (not like the robbers)
o They got family, reputation, mortgage, income, church they got all that to
do
o Social consequences of it are extreme
o Socially the tea room activity is stigmatizing
- The Ethis of Huphre’s researh
o The people did’t ko the ere eig athed
- Most of these men in the Tea Room are not gay, most of them are heterosexual,
married, with kids (even though they perform sexual acts with other men)
- There are different players and different roles
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