Reflecting on the interview as an erotic encounter

Monique Huysamen

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As researchers, our sexualities are always relevant to the research process. However, when woman researchers engage in research with men about their (hetero)sexual experiences, our positionality becomes more explicitly central. This article makes a methodological contribution to critical research into male sexualities by providing a reflexive analysis of cross-gender interviews conducted with 43 men about paying for sex. It employs an understanding of both the participant and the interviewer as defended subjects and it interrogates the complex interviewer-participant power relationship, offering a critical approach to understanding the knowledge that is produced by and within our research encounters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2018


  • Clients
  • cross-gender interviews
  • masculinities
  • qualitative methodology
  • reflexivity
  • sex work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Anthropology


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