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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Laud Humphreys

One advantage of tearooms that appealed to a portion of the subjects was that it was rare for insertees to demand monetary compensation from the insertor. It is universally acknowledged in scientific communities that openly observing an interaction between two subjects can change the outcome of their interaction.

Prophet of homosexuality and sociology. Towards the end of his life, Humphreys worked as a consultant for police forces and offered his expertise in homosexual subcultures and homophobic violence during testimonies in court cases. True, today one could not do such research because there was no ‘informed consent’ but then again, in many cases, when himphreys research on deviant behavior, one will never get ‘informed consent’ so we miss out on a lot of important findings. Intimacy in ethnographic research: Keys, was published in humphrsys, under the title Laud Humphreys: His book won the C.

Humphreys wanted to understand the relationship between these men’s anonymous homosexual acts and their public lives. He changed his hair, clothes, and vehicle to protect his identity in case any subject recognized him from the times he played the role of watchqueen for them.

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Under the guise of a social health surveyor, Humphreys interviewed the subjects about their lives without disclosing that he had already met them before. A year later and carefully trdae, Humphreys appeared at their homes claiming to be trsde health-service interviewer and interviewed them about their marital status, race, job, and so on. Merely engaging in sexual acts with the same gender could merit an arrest, and this risk increased significantly if the acts were conducted in a public facility.


Impersonal Sex in Public Places. Another 24 percent were single and were covert homosexuals.

In some cases, long-term relationships did grow out of these interactions, but for the most part a minimal exchange of words offered the most privacy and anonymity. The couple had two children, Claire and David. Views Tearom Edit View history.

He was associate professor of sociology at Pitzer College ttade, in Claremont, CA, from ; he earned full professorship at Pitzer inwhere he worked until aboutwhen he began to focus on his psychotherapist practice.

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He recorded their licence plates as they returned hhumphreys their cars, and then found out their addresses. Impersonal Sex in Public Placesan ethnographic study of anonymous male-male sexual encounters in public toilets a practice known as “tea-rooming” in U. In addition, after publishing the study, the public expressed concern over whether a researcher should be allowed to collect data which has the potential to jeopardize the safety of the subjects if it is revealed to the public.

He found certain patterns relating to marital status, employment, and behavior. Retrieved from ” https: 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. uhmphreys

Most social scientists agree that observing people’s acts in public spaces is not unethical, as long as people are not identified. Louis, Missouri to pursue the PhD teearoom sociology. They wanted only some form of orgasm-producing action that was less lonely than masturbation and less involving than a love relationship. 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.


After changing his hair, attire, dress, and car, Humphreys visited the homes of the subjects. Humphreys was also one of the first sociologists who openly self-identified as gay.

In the event that law enforcement saw fit to arrest Humphreys for conducting this controversial study, the sensitive data he meticulously collected would be demanded by the authorities.

In the ‘s PhD student in sociology Laud Humphreys studied men who have sex with other men in public restrooms of city parks. The insertee performed the oral sex. Impersonal Sex in Public Placesone of the most famous and controversial studies in sexology.

Nonetheless, others have defended Tearoom Tradepointing out tarde 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. Only 14 percent of Humphreys’ subjects corresponded to society’s stereotype of homosexuality. The insertor presented his penis for fellatio.

Understanding Human Sexuality 9th ed. But there they are, studying us, taking notes, getting to know us, as indifferent as everybody else to the feeling that humphreyss be a complete human involves having an aspect of ourselves that’s unknown.

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This page was last humphhreys on 12 Novemberat He is often studied in research methods classes for the ethical questions that his works raised. On risk that his notes could have been seized to identify men engaged in illegal acts said he would have risked going to jail rather than hand them over.

Their alternative source of sex had to be quick, inexpensive, and impersonal.

Men could be arrested and sentenced to years in prison for it. Many would count this as a social benefit.