SOC229 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Fairview Mall, Victimless Crime, Voyeurism

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Widespread but understudied (victoria park, fairview mall) Also known as cottaging (called because washrooms look like cottages) (uk) Not in criminal code, designated morally offensive by judges. Public nature of act exposure to arrest and identity. Direct observation (humphrey as watch queen" he served as a look out, surveyed made sure police wasn"t there, normal people wouldn"t walk in the bathroom) Solicited interviews at homes tracked men down. Frequented out of the way washrooms developed a typology (signs) Long periods in washroom, men sitting in cars. 6 internet hotspots, parking, surveillance, types of encounters. Voyeur lookout role (only in certain types of bathrooms) By assuming lookout role humphrey overcame control effect (methodological point) Silence is norm people don"t like to talk about it hence it complicates research. Gained trust approached outside of washroom. Subjective understanding of participants" experiences, norms, motivations. Overt open and more sexually active, educated, willing to participate. Consent obtained, not criticized for this part of the study.

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