Dr. John Scott on Male Sex Work

I interviewed Dr. John Scott about his co-edited anthology, “Male Sex Work and Society.” This interview is for my online sociology course on the topic of deviant behavior and subcultures. In this video, Dr. Scott overviews some of the dominant social issues related to male sex work such as: sexuality and identity, decriminalization, the cost of criminalizing sex workers, sex tourism, gender and feminism, and female clients.


Women Grow 2018

40087333892_5465e98daa_zI was lucky enough to attend the Women Grow Leadership Summit 2018 in Denver, Colorado on February 1-2. For my research on women in cannabis, this conference is a central piece for understanding women’s role in the legal cannabis industry, which Jane West says may become the first big industry not dominated by men. I’m interested in continuing to find interviewees and research participants of women cannabis consumers and industry workers, in the United States, and especially, internationally. While the US now has 9 recreational states and over half of the states with medical marijuana laws, the rest of the world does not–although Canada is scheduled to come online with their recreational marijuana law nationwide this summer, which would leapfrog the US. How are women leading the cannabis industry and movement in other countries, such as in Europe, Australia, or New Zealand? Please contact me for an interview (bevyuen@gmail.com) to take part in this project. I aim to publish academic articles, conference presentations, and an academic book on the topic. Let’s add women’s voices to the academic narrative on cannabis! To see all the photos from the summit that I took, check it out here. Feel free to use photos with proper credit @ Beverly Yuen Thompson.  39220790175_e75980582e_z

CFI: Seeking Tattooed Professors

5E9A6930.JPG When we think of what college professors look like, what comes to mind? For me, it’s my father–an old white male in his 90s. If that’s what a professor looks like, then how does someone who is radically different than this stereotypical image make it in this fairly conservative profession? For those of us who are also heavily tattooed, on top of any other demographic that may make us a minority in the profession, it can be more of a challenge. It can at least make it difficult for us to be comfortable in our decorated skin, especially as we stand in front of the classroom.

I previously published Covered in Ink: Tattoos, Women and the Politics of the Body about heavily tattooed women and tattoo artists. Before that, I completed the documentary film Covered, on the same topic.

Now I am interested in collecting narratives about being a heavily tattooed professor for a short video and article. I am interested in capturing this juxtaposition of professionalism and being heavily tattooed in my project on tattooed professors, instructors, and educators. If you are interested in being interviewed, filmed, or simply sharing your own photos and stories with me, please do get in touch with me, Dr. Beverly Yuen Thompson, via email at bevyuen@gmail.com. See questions here: questions


Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival in Sydney, NSW, Australia

37978499982_dc5945db97_zSince I’m spending about two months traveling around Australia (but based mainly in Brisbane), I decided to finish my tattoo sleeves at a great shop in Sydney: Authent/Ink. A few days before my appointment, I attended the Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival in Sydney (photos). Incidentally, the same weekend, on Friday, I was in Christchurch, NZ, and briefly checked out the Christchurch International Tattoo Expo (picture). So it was a big, international, tattoo weekend for me.

Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 7.53.25 AM.pngNovember 1st was the big appointment day when I went to Authent/Ink and settled in with my tattooist Soo, from South Korea (photos). I was super nervous to sit for the six-hour appointment. I’m used to sitting for two hours with artists who are friends and who let me be a pansy or tap out. But this was a new artist for me and I had come a long way for this work. Incidentally, it was also the first male tattoo artist I have had work on me, since focusing so much of my time on women tattoo artists for my book and documentary–and personal collection. My new design was Chinese lions in traditional Japanese style–the featured style of the shop and of the artist. At the end of the session I sat much better than expected, and even booked the third appointment to be a two-day session, with one arm each day–but that’s not until February. My second appointment is November 15th, for six more hours on the shading. This has encouraged me to want to get my current tattoos touched up, including the rest of my arms and back-piece. But I also have my eye on several artists whom I would love to get some work in the future: Zihee in Seoul, Korea and Eva Krbdk in New York City.

Recruiting Digital Nomads

officeMy new research project will be looking at the phenomenon of “digital nomads,” or non-location based/remote workers, who spend a significant amount of their time traveling. I am interested in examining concepts such as: their overall experience, the new economy, gender, relationships with host countries, business challenges and benefits, and social structures and equality. If you are a digital nomad, or even a seriously aspiring one, please contact me for a Skype interview. You can find here the interview questions and Consent form. Thanks for your help! Please email me at bevyuen@gmail.com.

Hugh Hefner and the feminist “sex wars”


Hugh Hefner passed away on September 27, 2017. My father, Robert, was born in 1926, the same year as Hugh Hefner. Dad always mentions his famous contemporaries born in the same year, and we kept track of those he continues to outlive: Marilyn Monroe, Castro, and now, Hugh Hefner. The other icon who was born in the same year is the Queen of England. So I have been thinking for months that I should draft a blog post on Hugh Hefner, as his passing was becoming more and more likely to be sooner rather than later. So I just published my latest Sociology in Focus blog post called Hugh Hefner and the feminist ‘sex wars.‘ It covers the cultural impacts that Hefner has had in the media and how feminist writers have responded to Playboy Magazine and the growth of pornography in general. Feminist writers of the 1970s were divided into simplistic camps of “pro-sex” and “anti-sex” feminists. This brief blog post just overviews the main idea, written for a general student audience. Please check out the blog post here.