Who Needs Gay Bars? Summer 2017 Tour, Updated

First published May 17. Gay bars are closing and there’s misleading agreement on why: gentrification, social networking apps like Grindr, and the rise in the social acceptance of gays and lesbians. Yet bars are closing fastest in the regional cities of Middle America, such as Cleveland or Birmingham, cities where gentrification is a pipe dream, … More Who Needs Gay Bars? Summer 2017 Tour, Updated

The poignant queer art of gentrification

The piece I wrote for Belt Magazine about the loss of my favorite gay bar has now been used by two artists to explore gentrification in Cleveland’s Hingetown neighborhood. Danny Volk interviewed me for his piece called Cruising, which used smartphones’ geolocating technology to sonically take listeners back to earlier versions of the neighborhood. It’s … More The poignant queer art of gentrification

“Weaponization”: The Metaphor That Rejects Politics

The scandal about Cambridge Analytica’s theft of Facebook data for political marketing is often described as the “weaponization of social media.” On March 25, 2018, Meet the Press‘ Chuck Todd asked Senator Mark Warner if Steve Bannon’s company was designed “to weaponize something that we weren’t aware of when you throw a media company [in] … More “Weaponization”: The Metaphor That Rejects Politics

Teaching Weinstein, Spacey, Sexual Assault, and New Skirmishes in Old Sex Wars

I’m teaching my sociology of sexuality class this semester. I often leave a gap in the syllabus for students to pick a topic that hasn’t been addressed. It helps me learn new things from them, respond to current events, and fill in the topical gaps for a class that students’ in which students are often … More Teaching Weinstein, Spacey, Sexual Assault, and New Skirmishes in Old Sex Wars

Reviews of my book

American Journal of Sociology: “well-researched and compelling,” “Mattson’s use of key informant interviews provides a specific and substantial contribution to our understanding of how social problems are articulated ‘in the trenches’ by activists and bureaucrats.” European Union Studies Association Review: “intriguing,” “striking insights,” “an absorbing and welcome contribution to prostitution policy analysis,” “truly innovative in … More Reviews of my book

Dating Profiles are Like Gay Bars: Peer Review, Ethics and LGBTQ Big Data

(Posted 9/13; updated 9/14. My original critique is here; and my resource of relevant blogs, media reports, and Kosinski statements is here). “Under ethical review,” announced The Outline, of the Wang and Kosinski pre-print paper that controversially claimed to use face-recognition technology to detect intrinsic differences between homosexual and heterosexual faces. The statement came from … More Dating Profiles are Like Gay Bars: Peer Review, Ethics and LGBTQ Big Data