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Humphreys' book is based on his Ph. Tearoom Trade debunked many of the stereotypes associated with individuals who participate in anonymous male-male sexual activity in public places, demonstrating that many of the participants lived otherwise conventional lives as family men and respected members of their communities; further, their activities posed no threat to non-participants. The book is an ethnographic study of anonymous male homosexual sexual encounters in public toilets a practice that was known as "tea-rooming" in U.
Humphreys was able to observe and describe various social cues body language, hand language, etc. Humphreys also concluded that such encounters were harmless, and posed no danger of harassment to straight men.
Humphreys revealed his role to some of those he observed, but he noted that those who tended to talk with him openly were better educated; as he continued his research, he decided to conceal his identity in order to avoid response bias. 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 deed the study with respect for their individual privacy, not identifying them in his published work.
Additionally, the Tearoom Trade study focuses on these interactions through investigation of possible social, psychological, or physiological reasons for this behavior. As Earl R. Babbie notes, the "tearoom trade controversy [on whether this research was ethical or not] has never been resolved"; and it is likely to remain a subject of debates in the conceivable future.
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