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While scholarship shows that male participants adopt many ways to assert dominance within their encounters with women researchers, it would be naive to simply think that power dynamics in these situations are static. However, the stories women share about carrying out research with men tend to focus on having to actively manage the many ways men-and men's performances of masculinities-render them vulnerable within their own fieldwork.
What appears to be the dilemma is whether to let men talk freely, without exerting too much researcher control over the process, or to challenge men when sexist talk is used. Women researchers report engaging in both practices: Gailey and Prohaska's experiences also speak to the very real emotional toll this type of research can have on women researchers as they manage and negotiate their interactions with the men they are researching.
Negotiating the Challenges of Researching Young Men. For a number of years, women scholars have documented the difficulties faced when conducting research with male participants. This article exposes these challenges and offers my reflections on why they occurred, how I managed them at the time, and what I learnt in the process.