‘Dogging Men’: Car Parks, Masculinity and Anonymous Sex

  • Chris Haywood


This chapter provides an insight into the sexual world of ‘dogging’; that of anonymous sex between men, men and women usually carried out in car parks. Drawing upon interviews with 12 men who engage in dogging practices, this chapter provides insights into the micro-negotiations of the dogging encounter and men’s masculine subjectivities. The chapter begins by exploring the reasons for dogging and then details how dogging takes place. By understanding the sexual etiquette of dogging, we are able to capture the different kinds of masculinities that may be involved in negotiating the sex. However, as men in dogging encounters reject both gender and sexual identity categories, the chapter explores the notion of de-subjectification. Furthermore, with men explaining their sexual experiences through bodies and pleasure, the chapter ends by examining how men position women as being in control of the sexual encounter.


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  • Chris Haywood
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  1. 1.Media, Culture and HeritageNewcastle UniversityNewcastle-upon-TyneUK

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