Christopher A. Dodd is a lecturer in marketing and consumer behaviour in the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.
He's gotta have it: shopping dependence and the homosexual male clothing consumer
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Consumer Behaviour
Volume 4, Issue 5, pages 374–389, September 2005
How to Cite
Dodd, C. A., Linaker, A. and Grigg, N. P. (2005), He's gotta have it: shopping dependence and the homosexual male clothing consumer. Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 4: 374–389. doi: 10.1002/cb.21
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2005
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2005
- sexual orientation
Shopping is not always ‘fun’ and is not always ‘therapeutic’, yet, the negative aspects and motivations for this behaviour have received little attention. Consumers often may be dependent upon shopping activity to satisfy personal needs, such as emotional repair and self-image, which are far removed from the acquisition and use of products. Not only may this dependence be dysfunctional in that it signals an individual's inability to control their shopping behaviour but also it may be symptomatic of more serious problems, such as compulsive and even addictive shopping. This paper explores this shopping dependence in the context of fashion clothing consumption. Male consumers are considered, with sexual orientation employed as an indicator of behaviour. Data from a survey of 225 homosexual and 225 heterosexual UK males suggest that homosexual males display clothes shopping dependence, and at a level that is significantly stronger than for heterosexuals. Younger males show a greater tendency to display such behaviour, with dependence declining with age for both groups. Managerial and research implications are considered. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.