Using queer/trans theory to explore the experiences of cisgender men

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsConference Presentation


Midwifery in the UK is perhaps the world’s most monogendered profession with only 0.3% of the workforce identifying as men. My PhD research is an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of 15 men who work as midwives. Having conducted in-depth interviews, I am now seeking a theoretical framework which will help interpret and make sense of them making sense of their experiences.

First, I wish to explore whether using a theoretical perspective intended to problematize notions of normativity in relation to sexuality is possible and appropriate when applied to cis man or whether this appropriating and therefore depoliticising this approach. Secondly I want to understand how the ‘third hermeneutic circle’ – anticipating reactions of a readership – may impact on the analytic choices I make.
Period22 Jun 2022
Event titleUniversity of Northampton Research Conference
Event typeConference
LocationNorthampton, United KingdomShow on map


  • Queer theory
  • Male Midwives