SOCIOL 135 Lecture 3: Sept. 26, 2014 - Troubling Identities-Tearoom Trade

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University of California - Berkeley
Jill A.Bakehorn

Troubling Sexual Identities and Attractions: Tearooms Friday September 26, 2014 1. Tearoom trade 2. Dude sex TEAROOM TRADE Ethnographic researcher Volunteered to be the watch queen Why did men seek out tearooms? Instant, impersonal sex without commitment o Cannot jeopardize marriage no ongoing affair or prostitution o Many men (married, unmarried, heterosexual, homosexual) o Public bathrooms are accessible, easily recognized, provide public visibility Attract primarily men who do not identity as homosexual o Attract a variety of men a minority of whom are active in the homosexual subculture Sexual activity that takes place here is completely separate from the rest of their lives The sexual activity they engage here does not dictate their identity, it is not part of their scene Why is silence important? To maintain privacy To maintain anonymity To maintain impersonality not making a personalemotional connection with the other person Stats: 54 married, living with wives o Relationships were not unstable o Many wives were catholic and unaware 38 married, wanted to find a way to not jeopardize their marriage o Did not identify as either bisexual or homosexual o Shun involvement in gay subculture 24 married, identity as bisexual
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