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‘Leaving masculinity at the car door’: Dogging, de-subjectification and the pursuit of pleasure

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Chris Haywood



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage, 2018.

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This article provides an insight into the sexual world of ‘dogging’; that of anonymous sex between men, and between men and women, usually carried out in car parks. Drawing upon interviews with 12 men who engage in dogging behaviours, this article provides insights into the micro-negotiations of the dogging encounter and men’s masculine subjectivities. It argues that masculinity may have limited analytical purchase in the dogging encounter. Instead, it suggests that dogging provides a space for desubjectification where men’s subjectivities are configured in gendered ways that are not dependent on conventional models of masculinity.

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Author(s): Haywood C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sexualities

Year: 2018

Volume: 21

Issue: 4

Pages: 587-604

Print publication date: 01/06/2018

Online publication date: 10/11/2017

Acceptance date: 08/09/2017

Date deposited: 15/11/2018

ISSN (print): 1363-4607

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7382

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/1363460717713387


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This project was supported by the School of Arts and Cultures’ Strategic Research Fund, Newcastle University