The interpersonal world of male, married, heterosexual strip club patrons

Meghan Rooney (2007)

The purpose of the following dissertation is to explore the function and experience of strip club attendance in the psychic and interpersonal world of married, heterosexual men. Furthermore, this dissertation seeks to link the capacity for romance and mutuality within marriage to strip club patronage. For the purposes of this research, six semi-structured interviews were conducted with married, heterosexual males ages twenty-nine to forty-five, and were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Results of this research suggest that married men's use of strip clubs can be understood by looking at the structure of their internal world and their ability to maintain romance and mutuality in their marriage. Implications of this study are multifaceted and include the significance of understanding, as opposed to judging this behavior.