Monique Huysamen

Monique Huysamen
Manchester Metropolitan University | MMU · Social care and social work

PhD in Psychology

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Introduction
I am a critical qualitative researcher working in the field of sexualities and sexual health and justice. Much of my research explores sex work in various global contexts, focusing on questions around men and masculinities, sexuality, disabilities, identity, power, race, and class. I am interested in reflexive and decolonial approaches to doing critical qualitative research.

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Publications (24)
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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 analy...
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This article presents a discursive analysis of 43 men’s narratives about paying for sex, collected using a combination of online and traditional face-to-face interview methods. It argues that the societal pressures placed on men to “perform” sexually help to produce conditions that make paying for sex desirable. Paying for sex provided men with a “...
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In a context of rapidly increasing urbanisation and deepening global inequalities, slum tourism has thrived. This paper presents a discursive analysis of tourists’ online reviews of two township tours in Cape Town, South Africa. We investigate how, and to what ends, tourists collectively construct townships as places of hope on TripAdvisor; we ques...
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Autistic people face more social barriers to, and experience greater anxiety around, intimate relationships than the general population in our majority neurotypical society. This leads to increased loneliness and social isolation. National health and social care policies and publications should recognise these inequalities and help service systems...
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Opening data promises to improve research rigour and democratize knowledge production. But it also presents practical, theoretical, and ethical considerations for qualitative researchers in particular. Discussion about open data in qualitative social psychology predates the replication crisis. However, the nuances of this ongoing discussion have no...
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Opening data promises to improve research rigour and democratise knowledge production. But it also poses practical, theoretical, and ethical risks for qualitative research. Despite discussion about open data in qualitative social psychology predating the replication crisis, the nuances of this discussion have not been translated into current journa...
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Doing research in the field of sex work studies throws up challenges. Among these are the restrictions and regulatory issues placed on researchers by institutional ethical review processes. We draw on academic research and our personal experiences as two researchers who have been involved with many sex work research projects to illustrate how sex w...
Technical Report
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This report explores possible harm reduction approaches to a sex worker client intervention in the South African context. It considers the current evidence base on client interventions globally and sets out key recommendations for an effective client intervention programme. Drawing on this framework and recommendations, the report concludes with an...
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This paper presents a qualitative analysis of interviews conducted with eight men who identified as clients of women sex workers, but who also spoke about paying to secretly explore their sexual desires for trans women and men. I draw on queer theory to approach the question of how, and to what extent, men’s paid sexual encounters functioned as sit...
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Sex work remains highly stigmatised throughout the world. This is particularly true in South Africa, where legal, academic, and popular discourses continue to construct sex workers and their clients as responsible for the spread of HIV/AIDS, thereby exacerbating the public panic and stigma related to sex work. Through the lenses of feminist decolon...
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Although illegal and highly stigmatised in South Africa, the buying and selling of sex on street corners, in brothels, in private domains or online is widespread. This reflexive methodological paper is the result of narrative interviews I conducted with 14 men who pay female sex workers for sex. It focuses on the complex cross-gender interview rela...
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Although illegal and highly stigmatised in South Africa, the buying and selling of sex on street corners, in brothels, in private domains or online is widespread. This reflexive methodological paper is the result of narrative interviews I conducted with 14 men who pay female sex workers for sex. It focuses on the complex cross-gender interview rela...
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Commercial sex is an everyday occurrence across a range of contexts in South Africa. In this paper we turn our attention to the often-marginalised role of the buyers of sex by drawing on narrative interviews with male clients of female sex workers recruited through online advertisements in order to explore the ways in which heterosexual men constru...

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A participatory research project about autistic adults' intimate lives.
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The project explores how are ideas of Urban poverty in the Global South are discursively produced and collectively disseminated on TripAdvisor.
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This project seeks to explore autistic adults' experiences of paying for sex, intimacy and pleasure. This qualitative research seeks to develop more nuanced representations of the diverse sexual desires and experiences of intimacy, relationships and pleasure amongst autistic adults, while also acknowledging the value of the work that sex workers do. Call: https://sway.office.com/lmyaRL2NBplbQmSH?ref=Link&loc=play