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Exploring gay men’s threesomes: Normalization, concerns, and sexual opportunities


Although there is now an abundance of research regarding group sex between men, much of the current literature constructs group sex as homogenous and overlooks the nuance of how and why men engage in particular sexual behaviours. Accordingly, this research expands our understanding of group sex through a focus on a specific type of sex: the threesome. The results demonstrate how perspectives on threesomes may develop over time; at first appearing exciting before becoming relatively normalised and indistinct from dyadic sex. Encounters and exposure are fostered through the sexual opportunity structures available, in particular, geo-social networking apps. Despite their normalisation, however, threesomes are not necessarily viewed as risk free. Thus, this research offers new insight and understanding into how gay men engage in group sex, and the contextual factors which make it possible.

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Scoats, Ryan
Anderson, Eric
White, Adam J.

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


Year of publication: 2021
Date of RADAR deposit: 2021-08-09

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