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AIDS and Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
AIDS Research and Therapy     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Archives of Sexual Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Bagoas - Estudos gays: gêneros e sexualidades     Open Access  
BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Cadernos de Gênero e Diversidade     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cadernos Pagu     Open Access  
Cuadernos Kóre     Open Access  
Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
European Journal of Politics and Gender     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Gay and Lesbian Law Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Genre, sexualité & société     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
HIV/AIDS - Research and Palliative Care     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
Human Reproduction Update     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
International Journal of Transgender Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Bisexuality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy     Partially Free   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Gender and Power     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of GLBT Family Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Homosexuality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Lesbian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of LGBT Health Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of LGBT Youth     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Psychosexual Health     Open Access  
Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Sex Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Sexual & Reproductive Medicine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Mandrágora     Open Access  
Psychology & Sexuality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
QED : A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Queer Cats Journal of LGBTQ Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Raheema     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Religion and Gender     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Revista Periódicus     Open Access  
Screen Bodies : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and Display     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Seksuologia Polska     Full-text available via subscription  
Sex Roles     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Sexes     Open Access  
Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Sexual and Relationship Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Sexual Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Sexualities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Sexuality & Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Sexuality and Disability     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Sexuality Research and Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Sexualization, Media, & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
SQS - Suomen Queer-tutkimuksen Seuran lehti     Open Access  
Theology & Sexuality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Transgender Health     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Whatever : A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung     Hybrid Journal  
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  • In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Mark McLelland (1966–2020)
    • Authors: James Welker
      Pages: 512 - 513
      Abstract: Sexualities, Volume 24, Issue 3, Page 512-513, March 2021.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-02-10T04:07:12Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460721995036
      Issue No: Vol. 24, No. 3 (2021)
  • No fats, no fems, no problems' Working out and the gay muscled body
    • Authors: Jeremy Chow
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article investigates two ubiquitous slogans that circulate among gay social media apps: ‘No Fats, No Fems’ and ‘Masc for Masc’. In their recurrence, both offer gendered readings of corporeality and ability, which equate muscled bodies with forms of desirable masculinity. In collecting data from SCRUFF, I document how gay male social media apps generate narrow definitions of masculinity that, like the slogans, uphold physical fitness and compulsory able-bodiedness as hallmarks of gay desirability. Alongside these trends, I highlight ‘working out’ as an exceptional form of gay male labour that prioritises ability and transforms the muscled body into a commodity that is successfully advertised on these apps.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-05-08T04:43:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211018331
  • Play! A Special Issue
    • Authors: Caroline Bem, Susanna Paasonen
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Sexuality, as it relates to video games in particular, has received increasing attention over the past decade in studies of games and play, even as the notion of play remains relatively underexplored within sexuality studies. This special issue asks what shift is effected when sexual representation, networked forms of connecting and relating, and the experimentation with sexual likes are approached through the notion of play. Bringing together the notions of sex and play, it both foregrounds the role of experimentation and improvisation in sexual pleasure practices and inquires after the rules and norms that these are embedded in. Contributors to this special issue combine the study of sexuality with diverse theoretical conceptions of play in order to explore the entanglements of affect, cognition, and the somatic in sexual lives, broadening current understandings of how these are lived through repetitive routines and improvisational sprees alike. In so doing, they focus on the specific sites and scenes where sexual play unfolds (from constantly morphing online pornographic archives to on- and offline party spaces, dungeons, and saunas), while also attending to the props and objects of play (from sex toys and orgasmic vocalizations to sensation-enhancing chemicals and pornographic imageries), as well as the social and technological settings where these activities occur. This introduction offers a brief overview of the rationale of thinking sex in and as play, before presenting the articles that make up this special issue.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-04-30T10:35:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211013662
  • Living like a hetero: Southern homonormativity in Istanbul
    • Authors: Cenk Ozbay
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Research on homonormativity in the Global North has burgeoned in the last 20 years as there have been developments to include sexual minorities as equal members of society. However, little is known about the emergent forms of homonormativity in the Global South where in most cases the improvements in terms of sexual rights and citizenship in the Global North did not echo. Despite the lack of the legal, economic, and cultural infrastructure, an inchoate Southern homonormativity unfolds among gay men through their gender performances, bodily presentations, class positions, and neoliberal aspirations. Southern homonormativity is a cultural formation that takes place in settings where there is no institutional change and legal reforms to define, recognize, and embrace the gay citizens (and families) as equal, legitimate, and respected members of society. By using interviews and ethnographic home visits in Istanbul, Turkey, this article explores how homonormativity is contextually driven and flexible, and how privileged gay men understand and navigate homonormative precepts in a context within the Global South.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-04-29T02:07:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211014477
  • Queer expectations: An empirical critique of rural LGBT+ narratives
    • Authors: Christopher T Conner, Daniel Okamura
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Much of the body of literature on LGBT+ populations within the United States place urban areas and so-called gayborhoods as goals and eventualities, paralleling early US studies on immigration. Using a multistage, mixed-methods approach, consisting of secondary analysis of the Pew 2013 Study of LGBT Persons (N = 1197) and in-depth interviews (35 gay men, 2 trans-identifying individuals, 1 heterosexual woman, and 2 lesbians), we found that rural LGBT+ residents engaged in both short-term and long-term travel to mitigate feelings of being spatially segregated from the loci of gay social life—what Ghaziani (2019a) refers to as cultural archipelagos. However, rural residents also used their geographical location to resist dominant narratives about LGBT+ life. Some of our respondents felt that living in rural areas better situated them to be activists and advocates for LGBT+ rights, while others simply did not feel they could be comfortable within more urban contexts. These findings suggest that rural LGBT+ residents may have delinked their sexual selves with their cultural and political selves, thus illustrating the plurality of rural queer voices that exists. As we also argue, while residence category should be considered as influencing one’s experience, care must be used to avoid overly deterministic accounts. Finally, this article extends earlier work by Brekhus (2003), Mattson (2015), and Ghaziani (2019a) by presenting the meaningfulness of travel to and from queer cultural strongholds.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-04-28T04:18:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211013280
  • Being between binary: Personal narratives and power geometry: A visual
    • Authors: Kate Carruthers Thomas
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Being Between Binary is a visual critical auto-ethnography, combining collage, cartoon, narrative and photomontage in the form of a four-page A2 scrapbook. Conceptually and materially, the design combines map and memoir, placing Massey’s concept of power geometry into dialogue with personal experiences of sexuality and gender. The piece explores binaries and geographies of here/there, Global North/South, through a lens of borderlands, boundaries and crossings, modelling dissemination as a fluid space of continuing enquiry. This visual essay first contextualizes the making of the piece as creative fieldwork, matching ‘a synthesis of shattered fragments’, and then presents images of the work with brief commentary.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-04-27T03:14:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211013665
  • Trans*it: Transgender and gender nonconforming asylum claimants’
           narratives in Greece
    • Authors: Mariza Avgeri
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      In this article, I reflect on two interviews of transgender/gender nonconforming asylum claimants in the broader West. In the Trans*it documentary that my partners and I created, a non-binary person and a transgender woman, Ilios and Christina, interview each other on the difficulties of being a transgender/gender nonconforming asylum applicant in Greece. Greece is an understudied area with huge migration flows at the border of the EU and has no official data for Sexual Orientation Gender Identity asylum claims. The documentary, this article contends, provides a starting point for reflecting on the experiences of transgender/gender nonconforming applicants at the borders of Europe and their transition from their country of origin to the West/Greece, and for importing non-Western migrant subjectivities into our current thinking on sexuality/gender. In particular, I problematize the legal framework of Refugee Status Determination and explore the decolonization of gender identity/expression in refugee law. Finally, I reflect on the process of making the documentary and my attempt to centre the voices of gender nonconforming asylum claimants while minimizing the impact of my gaze as a white Greek researcher in the field. In doing so, this article shows how documentary film can be used as a means to further considerations of gendered normativities of asylum claims in a key, yet understudied, context. It concludes by arguing for a decolonializing approach that questions the normalization of Western standards of gender, and their transgression, in Refugee Status Determination.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-04-27T03:06:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211013278
  • The ‘addict sexual script’: Addiction discourse among Israeli
           sex industry consumers
    • Authors: Yeela Lahav-Raz
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article discusses the sexual script of Israeli sex industry consumers who self-identify as addicts. It argues that the ‘addict sexual script’ provides both an explanation for out of control sexual behaviour and a channel for expressing the individual client’s ‘right’ to be acknowledged for their suffering in the process of buying sex. Thus, the addict sexual script becomes a coping strategy that, while internalising sex consumption as socially deviant behaviour, also serves as a strategic practice for negotiating and challenging masculine hegemonic ideals. It concludes that the willingness to stigmatise and victimise themselves as disempowered individuals becomes a turning point, which, paradoxically, empowers sex consumers as actors in the framework of consumer capitalism.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-04-24T03:18:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211013283
  • Navigating a heteronormative world: Cisgender women, transgender
           partnerships, sexual identity, and language
    • Authors: Brandi L Perri
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines the relationship between language and sexual identity, using data collected from in-depth interviews with cisgender women who are in relationships with female-to-male transgender men. The data illustrate that many of the women have complex relationships with the labels that they use to describe their own sexual identity currently and in their past. When referring to their own sexual identities, cisgender women partners of trans men (a) are flexible with specific terms they use in order to respond to varying social contexts, (b) use specific terms to signify cultural belonging to or difference from different communities, and (c) use language as a suggestive action to others to question heteronormative assumptions. Further, this research highlights the importance of considering time in sexuality research, including the timing of the partnerships, and collecting data that reflect the individuals’ histories to analyze the connection between sexual identity and the use of language.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-04-22T06:46:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211013286
  • The involuntary confession of euphoria: ‘Chemsex’ porn and the
           paradox of embodiment
    • Authors: Royce Mahawatte
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article focusses on the representation of the body in ‘chemsex pornography’ and looks at selected examples of embodiment in amateur and studio productions. Presenting the idea of the ‘euphoric body’, a representation of the body that shows sexual and drug-high pleasure, I explore how this depiction presents a paradox for pornographic representation because of how it disrupts the specific bodily performances associated with the form, and even ultimately the body’s raced white status. Looking at videos from both amateur and professional content producers, such as Nastypig303 on Pornhub and Liam Cole’s, ‘Scene Six’, Cum Junkie (2017), I explore the opportunities and limitations involved in representing drug-high sex. Deploying a social theoretical model, I discuss pleasure as being something fundamentally unknowable, and pornography, as a disciplining and knowledge-producing structure. Against these, I argue that representation of the euphoric body has created new visual tropes in pornography, whilst either challenging what is possible in the form, or actually reaffirming divisions linked to the biopolitics of class and race.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-04-18T07:35:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211008070
  • ‘Traditional values’ and the narrative of gay rights as modernity:
           Sexual politics beyond polarization
    • Authors: Emil Edenborg
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Examining the Russian state’s turn to ‘traditional values’ in the 2010s, this article aims to understand traditionalist state discourses in a global context where LGBT inclusion has been incorporated into notions of national exceptionalism. It argues that the Putin regime has articulated, provided ideological coherence to, and made visible a narrative according to which resistance to LGBT rights appears as a logical choice for states seeking to position themselves in opposition to the ‘liberal West.’ That narrative both counters the homonationalist idea of ‘gay-friendliness’ as a signifier of modernity and good statehood and incorporates some of its elements, notably externalization of homophobia onto racialized, Muslim Others.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-04-13T04:31:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211008067
  • Book Review: Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men’s
           Adventure Magazines
    • Authors: Linda Roland Danil
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-04-09T03:12:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211008700
  • Toy stories: The role of vibrators in domestic intimacies
    • Authors: Cornelia Mayr
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article draws on the findings of qualitative research on the ways in which the domestication of sexual objects, such as vibrators, is central to relationships amongst (non)household members and social interaction within the home. Interviews with a purposive sample of 32 female participants were subjected to interpretative phenomenological analysis. In analyzing experiences and complex senses of belonging, the paper identified different circumstances and issues of public presentation and private realization that lie behind the meaning and use of vibrators. I suggest that objects, such as vibrators, come to be experienced as offering emotional, spatial, relational, and moral structures of both social integration and social distancing. All objects, even sex toys, contain culture, and by examining the domestication of such objects we can enrich knowledge of the affordances that constitute the materiality of sex.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-03-29T05:51:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211000194
  • ‘I guess girls can be more emotional’: Exploring the complexities of
           sextual consent with young people
    • Authors: Claire Meehan
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Often focusing on permission to act or not to act, debates about sexual consent are multifaceted and enduring. The pervasive presence of digital technology in young people’s lives has added new complexities to ‘sextual’ consent. Drawing on qualitative small friendship group interview data with school-aged young people in Aotearoa New Zealand, this article provides insights into their understandings of consent surrounding the creation and sharing of intimate images. Through navigating the nuances of sextual consent, young people are forming their own informal norms and expectations. These informal norms are strengthened by competitive masculinity which disadvantages young women at all stages of the process, resulting in gendered harms and victim blaming. Many young people expressed views that unsafe sexting, in terms of pressure, coercion to produce the image, the image being shared without consent and the resulting fall out, could be avoided with an enhanced programme of digital literacy. While digital literacy has merit, it should not be at the expense of conversations around gender, power and culture, desire, victimisation, or how young people from different socio-cultural backgrounds navigate these relations.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-03-27T10:40:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460721999275
  • ‘Having to use English others us': South African terminologies of
           sexual and gender diversity
    • Authors: Ingrid Lynch, Finn Reygan, Molemo Ramphalile
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      The linguistic coding of sexual and gender diversity remains highly contested in African contexts. While English language terminologies reflecting rights-based talk proliferate, such terms fail to fully reflect the lived realities of African queerness. This paper engages existing South African research on indigenous terminologies to describe sexual and gender diversity, focusing on representations of male same-sex sexualities. Our findings show that local terminologies serve not only to ‘other’ sexual and gender diversity, but also hold the potential to render those existing outside of normative sex/gender binaries as socially intelligible. Two core themes emerged: (i) the persistence of heterogendered subjectivities, where sexual dissidence is mapped onto a normative male/female binary; and (ii) a procreative imperative focused on communitarian norms that privilege heterosexual childbearing. The findings highlight the limitations of global terminologies of sexual and gender diversity by engaging the ways in which local African terminologies provide social recognition for same-sex sexualities in generally heteronormative community spaces. We discuss the implications of this gendered encoding of sexual dissidence in terms of advocacy strategies for the greater social inclusion of sexual and gender minorities.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-03-11T06:15:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460721999270
  • Bulgarian LGBTQI movement: Generations, identifications, and tendencies
    • Authors: Shaban Darakchi
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Based on 27 in-depth interviews, web platforms analysis, and participatory observations this study investigates (a) the emergence and the development of the Bulgarian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) movement; and (b) the activists' motivation for engagement with the movement. Challenging the new social movements’ theories the data from the study suggest that (a) the LGBTQI movement in Bulgaria emerged within the political and the economic transformations marked by anti-communist rhetoric, rather than collective sexual identity; (b) most of the diverse activist communities and the incorporation of “bottom-up” approach did not emerge spontaneously but were established by funded and professionalized project activities; (c) an increasing number of younger activists use left-oriented intersectional approaches in their activism emphasizing on the economic rather than the cultural conditions: (d) the stable financial and social resources of the anti-gender campaigns require reconsideration of the resources and the structure of the LGBTQI movements seen primarily as social entities, often neglecting the economic and the political structures.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-03-10T06:17:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211000201
  • When the closet is the grave: A critical review of the Bruce McArthur case
    • Authors: Amar Wahab
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      The article investigates the social impossibilities and constructed killability of brown queers. It critically focuses on the Bruce McArthur case, which involved the serial killing of predominantly brown queer men between 2010 and 2017 in Toronto. The author analyzes mainstream (LGBT) media representations of the white serial killer as “ordinary, yet aberrant,” the queer victims of color as sexually and socially fuckable, and the murderous racism of the Canadian state. The article centers the concept of (queer)necropolitics in conversation with discourses of antiimmigration, anti-Muslim racism and racialized sexualities to situate the generative force of racialized sexualized violence in the case.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-03-10T06:17:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211000193
  • Generations of BDSM Czech style: The elimination of roles in
    • Authors: Lucie Drdová, Steven Saxonberg
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Recently, there has been a “research boom” on the topic of BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism). Studies have covered a wide range of countries including the UK, USA, Brazil and Western Germany. Nevertheless, ethnographical research of the BDSM subculture in a postcommunist state has been extremely rare. In fact, there have not been many studies on postcommunist subcultures in general. This study explores how the BDSM subculture has been evolving in the Czech Republic after the fall of the communism. The focus is on the intergenerational conflict that has arisen between the first and second generations of the Czech BDSM scene. The history of Czech BDSM subculture has never been studied. Except for a few tables showing data and events, BDSM practitioners themselves in the Czech Republic have no written documents about how they created the subculture, how it was established and what pitfalls they needed to overcome. In contrast to studies of the BDSM scene in such countries as the UK which had long-standing democracies, the Czech scene could only emerge after the overthrow of the communist-ruled dictatorship in 1989. Consequently, the scene is newer and it developed in a situation in which the first generation was culturally much more tied to the communist-past than the second generation. We show how the scene might have developed differently when taking place in the post-communist context.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-03-10T06:17:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211000200
  • Another perspective: Reflections on using qualitative video-recall
           procedures in sexual communication research with partnered gay men
    • Authors: Mathew R Gendron, Sharalyn Jordan
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      As sex cultures evolve in complexity, so too must our research procedures. We introduce qualitative video-recall procedures and discuss the unique opportunities they present in the study of sexual communication. In a pilot study, three diverse gay male couples had video-recorded conversations about aspects of their sexual relationships that they wished to change or explore. Partners then individually watched and reflected on their partnered conversations during open-ended video-recall interviews. We discuss how reflexively engaging with these research procedures enabled the first author to (1) confront dominant and restrictive assumptions about partnered sex, (2) observe how interpersonal dynamics shape sexual communication, and (3) enhance cultural reflexivity.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-03-05T05:06:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13634607211000203
  • Fucking with homonormativity: The ambiguous politics of chemsex
    • Authors: Sharif Mowlabocus
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      One would not typically think of chemsex as a practice structured by the same political ideology that spawned ‘the new homonormativity’. For one thing, the gay press (a key mediator of homonormative thinking) has spilt much ink demonizing both the practice and practitioners of chemsex. Chemsex is framed in opposition to the ‘good gays’ that appear on same-sex wedding invitations or in advertisements for furniture stores or travel companies. Meanwhile, scholars have identified the ways in which chemsex embodies a response to both the political-economic landscape of neoliberalism, and the dominant model of homosexuality. From this perspective, chemsex appears antithetical to the political-economy of late capitalism, and to homonormativity. Building on critical discussions of this sexual practice, this article maps the complicated political terrain in which chemsex operates. Drawing on in-depth interviews with active and former practitioners, I suggest that chemsex occupies an ambivalent position in relation to the politics of homonormativity.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-03-05T05:06:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460721999267
  • ‘Scene’ as a critical framing device: Extending analysis of
           chemsex cultures
    • Authors: Kerryn Drysdale
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      The term ‘chemsex’ references an identifiable set of circumstances and behaviours ascribed to gay male culture at the same time as operating as a politically salient category capable of spurring policy and programmatic responses. Increasingly, the word ‘scene’ is used in association with ‘chemsex’ in media reporting, expert commentary and research on the phenomenon. Rather than dismissing the coupling of chemsex and scene as mere vernacular, ‘scene’ offers a fruitful entry point for exploring how the combination of sex and drugs achieves cultural salience over time. In this article, I read chemsex cultures through the material and representational elements characteristic of ‘scene’. By emphasizing scenes’ temporal logics, I speculate on the value of this alternative approach in generating new understandings of chemsex cultures.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-02-26T06:32:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460721995467
  • Understanding young adult Muslim and Christian attitudes toward queer
           identity: A Canadian and UK comparison
    • Authors: Sarah-Jane Page, Heather Shipley
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article utilises data from two parallel mixed-methods projects to examine attitudes to queer identity among heterosexual Muslim and Christian young adults aged between 18 and 25 in Canada and the UK. Drawing on questionnaires, interviews and video diaries, our analysis revealed the enormous complexity regarding how participants made sense of their, largely contextually mediated, attitudes. A qualitative approach enabled us to carefully consider how these attitudes are forged, formulated and embodied, offering greater nuance and detail compared with attitudinal approaches focused solely on quantitative data. Responses by these young Muslim and Christian participants explore the fluidity and movement in the attitudes expressed, further emphasising complexity.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-02-21T04:11:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460721995756
  • Asexuals negotiate the ‘onslaught of the heteronormative’
    • Authors: Tiina Vares
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Although theorizing and research about asexuality have increased in the past decade, there has been minimal attention given to the emotional impact that living in a hetero- and amato-normative cultural context has on those who identify as asexual. In this paper, I address this research gap through an exploration of the ‘work that emotions do’ (Sara Ahmed) in the everyday lives of asexuals. The study is based on 15 individual interviews with self-identified asexuals living in Aotearoa New Zealand. One participant in the study used the phrase, ‘the onslaught of the heteronormative’ to describe how he experienced living as an aromantic identified asexual in a hetero- and amato-normative society. In this paper I consider what it means and feels like to experience aspects of everyday life as an ‘onslaught’. In particular, I look at some participants’ talk about experiencing sadness, loss, anger and/or shame as responses to/effects of hetero- and amato-normativity. However, I suggest that these are not only ‘negative’ emotional responses but that they might also be productive in terms of rethinking and disrupting hetero- and amato-normativity.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-02-16T05:21:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460721993389
  • Introduction to the special issue: BDSM Studies
    • Authors: Brandy L Simula
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-02-16T05:21:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460721993039
  • Remembering rape: The temporal construction of sexual violence in
           autobiographical narratives from 1990s Finland
    • Authors: Matleena Frisk, Riikka Taavetti
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines how historical contexts affect the recollection of experiences of rape. We reanalyze sexual autobiographies that were gathered in Finland in 1992 in a sex research project called FINSEX. To illustrate how the time of the rape as well as the time it is recalled shape the possibilities of narrating a life story, we present a close reading of four autobiographies that we place in the context of the collection as a whole, and compare our analysis of the autobiographies to their interpretation in the FINSEX study. The narrative elements of the autobiographies reflect the violent experiences in complex and layered ways. For the authors of these autobiographies, temporal changes in cultural and social understandings of sexual violence enable the reinterpreting of life events and the naming of previously unnamed experiences.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-02-15T06:11:12Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460721993037
  • Dangerous data: Seeing social surveys through the sexuality prism
    • Authors: Laurel Westbrook, Jamie Budnick, Aliya Saperstein
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Social surveys both reflect and shape beliefs about sexuality. Social norms construct the “authorized vocabulary” of surveys and the resulting data influence the research questions that can be answered and the policies likely to be inspired by study findings. Scholars have called for balancing attention to pleasure vs. danger and normative vs. non-normative practices in studies of sexuality as well as for collection of data on sexual desires, behaviors, and identities. We combine these calls into what we term the sexuality prism. To better understand how data about sexuality are typically collected and what research they facilitate or constrain, we analyze six decades of materials from four of the largest social surveys in the United States and five national surveys focused on sexuality, health, and family formation. We find that these surveys do not allow for investigations of the full sexuality prism. Instead, they tend to assume and narrowly investigate the “charmed circle” of sexuality: heterosexual, married, monogamous, and potentially procreative couplings. When surveys ask about non-normative practices, they do so primarily in the context of risk (e.g. sexually transmitted diseases) and ignore non-normative practices that are not deemed “risky.” The focus on risk likely explains the greater attention to sexual behaviors and the shortage of questions about sexual desires and identities. Moreover, most questions about sexual practices highlight the dangers of sex, rather than the pleasures. Not only does this severely limit the scope of U.S. sexuality research, it also means that, individually and collectively, these surveys reify “sex negativity.”
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-02-11T05:31:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720986927
  • Care in late life, end of life and in bereavement for the oldest LGBT
           generations around the globe
    • Authors: Kathryn Almack, Andrew King, Rebecca L Jones
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-02-04T07:34:03Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720986911
  • Becoming a sexademic: Reflections on a ‘dirty’ research
    • Authors: Samantha Keene
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Sex and sexuality research can be understood as a form of ‘dirty work’, as despite its public need, it continues to be marginalised and demeaned within the academy and beyond. Through association, sex and sexuality researchers come to be labelled ‘dirty workers’ and are vulnerable to experiencing a range of stigmatised responses and negative repercussions. This article contributes to knowledge about the challenges involved in doing dirty work, through reflexively examining my experiences as a doctoral researcher investigating pornography’s gendered influence. It explores the various institutional, professional and personal hurdles that I encountered during my dirty work journey and illustrates how these experiences may have been affected by my identity as a young, female researcher.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-01-21T06:01:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720986915
  • “Companion, friend, four-legged fluff ball”: The power of pets in the
           lives of LGBTQ+ young people experiencing homelessness
    • Authors: Rachel M Schmitz, Zachary T Carlisle, Jennifer Tabler
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Experiences of homelessness are challenging for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ+) young people. LGBTQ+ young adults without stable housing endure mental health struggles stemming from multiple structural disadvantages. In navigating stressors, LGBTQ+ young people may develop bonds with companion animals, or pets. Demonstrating the diverse ways LGBTQ+ young adults manage mental health challenges while homeless, we qualitatively analyzed the narratives of 17 LGBTQ+ young adults (18–25) surrounding their pet relationships. Participants emphasized the positive power of pets in their lives to help offset stressors. These findings illustrate how marginalized young people manage their mental health through informal resources. Incorporating companion animals could potentially enhance services for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing marginalization.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-01-21T06:01:16Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720986908
  • Injecting as a sexual practice: Cultural formations of
    • Authors: Kane Race, Dean Murphy, Kiran Pienaar, Toby Lea
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      ‘Slamsex’ has emerged in gay vernacular in recent years to denote a particular way of taking drugs and a particular kind of sex. Slamming refers in this context to the practice of injecting drugs – typically crystal methamphetamine – intravenously. To pair ‘slamming’ with ‘sex’ is to propose that a particular mode of drug administration is constitutive of a particular kind of sex – a relatively novel idea that deserves some unpacking. What does it mean to make a route of drug administration definitional in the delineation of a sexual practice' What does this move reveal about contemporary practices of sex and drug consumption' In this article, we explore these questions with reference to theories of drug effects and practitioners’ accounts of slamsex. We conclude by considering the implications of our analysis for slamsex relations and associated harm reduction measures.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-01-18T07:14:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720986924
  • Aerial, apparatus, assemblage: Pain, pleasure, kink, and the circus body
           without organs
    • Authors: Jordana Greenblatt
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Addressing intersections of performances, practices, and practitioners of circus aerial and BDSM, I investigate how “play” manifests in both activities. Circus aerial and kink both involve forms of play that experiment with what is possible, tenable, and worthwhile for bodies to do under restrictive and painful conditions. Both practices are both pleasurable and serious, seeking transcendent, less “controlled” experiences, while maintaining the level of control necessary in forms of play involving real risk. Aerialists select their performance apparatuses not just aesthetically, but for the planes of intensity that playing on and with them enables them to traverse in experimentation and performance, mirroring the complex factors determining an individual’s preferred forms of kink play. Combining performance analysis, interviews with kink-involved circus aerial performers, and my own experience as an aerialist and a kink practitioner, in conversation with theories of play and of sexuality, I explore how intersections of pain, pleasure, and play in BDSM and aerial practice inform each other on embodied and aesthetic registers. I argue that, as an assemblage of aerialist and apparatus, the performer engages in a Deleuzian act of becoming, evoking a Body without Organs that, in its play of intensities, is more than incidentally masochistic.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-01-18T07:14:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720986923
  • When the spotlight is always on the neighborhood: LGBTQ people from a
           Muslim background deconstructing imagined borders in Brussels, Belgium
    • Authors: Alessandro Boussalem
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines the experiences of LGBTQ people from a Muslim background in their navigations of different areas of Brussels, and their narratives on such experiences. It builds on literature on the territorialization of homo/bi/transphobia to neighborhoods framed as “Muslim” in continental Western Europe, and the imagination of rigid borders separating these areas from other parts of the city. The article presents analysis of semi-structured interviews with LGBTQ people from a Muslim background on their experiences of these demarcations. The analysis of data calls for a deconstruction of rigid discourses of difference and division at work in the city. This allows for an understanding of the complex ways in which LGBTQ people from a Muslim background relate to different areas of the city, and how their multiple crossings into/from racialized-as-Muslim neighborhoods escape the rigidity of essentialized imaginations of the city along civilizational lines.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-01-15T03:59:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720986932
  • Uncanny Babushka: Migration, aging and the search for a new sexual Self
    • Authors: Martina Cvajner, Giuseppe Sciortino
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Geographical mobility may have a powerful influence on sexual change. The sexual dimension of migration has mostly been studied in reference to its role in shaping aspiration for mobility. It has been documented how the promise of an erotically desirable future plays often an important role in many migration subcultures. Mobility, moreover, has been recognized as one of the ways in which many types of sexual minorities have escaped repression or pursued greater autonomy. In this paper, we argue that the same phenomena may be observed in the migration of older people. For some mature persons, particularly women, migration provides an alternative to de-sexualization and stigmatization. In many of these cases, however, the subjective process of sexual change is triggered indirectly, and sometimes serendipitously, by the experience of geographical dislocation. In fact, the experience of re-sexualization may be utterly independent from any pre-emigration aspiration to change one’s sexual Self. The paper – on the basis of two longitudinal research projects on the women pioneers of the Eastern European migration to Italy – explores the role played in their settlement by the discovery that, in the new environment, their age did not disqualify them from romance. The different reactions to these opportunities have created a strong differentiation among migratory trajectories. For the women pioneers who have decided to explore it, this unexpected lovescape has made possible to draw some crucial social boundaries and to trigger the birth of a distinctive sexual field.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-01-13T06:15:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720982926
  • Chemsex cultures: Subcultural reproduction and queer survival
    • Authors: João Florêncio
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      “Chemsex” emerged in the 21st century as the gay and bisexual male practice of taking drugs during sexual encounters in order to modulate pleasures, promote endurance, and expand the temporalities of sex. Yet, while the term has come to prominence at a historical juncture when the introduction of antiretroviral drugs, locative dating apps, online pornography, and gentrification all contributed to the popularisation and mediation of the practice, the history of sex on drugs among gay men is longer than that. In this article, I draw from that history, as well as from wider critical histories and anthropologies of drug use in order to explore the subcultural significance of sexualised drug use amongst queer folk. If, as Bourdieu argued, the hegemony of the ruling classes is sustained by forms of economic, social, and cultural capital accumulation and reproduction, I build on scholarship on subcultural and post-subcultural studies to frame chemsex as a practice of subcultural reproduction that connects contemporary gay and bisexual men across generations, ensuring the survival of their cultures and subjectivities. In so doing, I focus on chemsex’s potential as a life-affirming cultural practice, one that can ensure the symbolic and even material survival not only of the men who engage in it, but also of the subcultures and subcultural histories within which they locate themselves every time they decide to “party and play.”
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2021-01-12T06:43:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720986922
  • Specificity without identity: Articulating post-gender sexuality through
           the “non-binary lesbian”
    • Authors: Levi CR Hord
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This paper uses the paradigmatic pairing of non-binary and lesbian as identity labels to investigate changes in conceptualizations of sexual specificity as gender becomes divorced from its founding binaries. Contrary to the belief that lesbian is threatened by movement away from binary gender, this analysis postulates that it is not individual identities that are becoming problematic as gender identity becomes less binary; rather, it is the fundamental structure of identity which, for decades, has sanctioned identities built on exclusions. This cultural shift has the potential to liberate structures of desire, giving way to a model in which sexuality without gender is more redemptive than contentious.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-25T04:45:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720981564
  • Not a moment too soon: A juncture of BDSM and race
    • Authors: Ariane Cruz
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This piece reflects on the contemporary scholarly juncture of bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM) and race. After a period largely marked by the invisibility and marginalization of racialized sexuality in the study of kink, scholars have recently taken up race, specifically blackness, as central not periphery to the study of BDSM. Intervening in and building upon a black feminist tradition that has historically exhibited an ambivalent relationship to topics of BDSM, pornography, and sex work in the context of black female sexuality specifically as well as an investment in politics of respectability, this work illuminates the racialized erotics of pleasure and power at the core of sexuality.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-25T04:45:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720979309
  • Changing landscapes: Gay men in the west and northwest of Ireland
    • Authors: Aidan McKearney
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article focuses on the experiences of gay men in the rural west and northwest region of Ireland, during a period of transformational social and political change in Irish society. These changes have helped facilitate new forms of LGBTQI visibility, and local radicalism in the region. Same-sex weddings, establishment of rural LGBT groups and marching under an LGBT banner at St Patricks Day parades would have been unthinkable in the recent past; but they are now becoming a reality. The men report continuing challenges in their lives as gay men in the nonmetropolitan space, but the emergence of new visibility, voice and cultural acceptance of LGBT people is helping change their lived experiences. The study demonstrates the impact of local activist LGBT citizens. Through their testimonies we can gain an insight into the many, varied and interwoven factors that have interplayed to create the conditions necessary for the men to: increasingly define themselves as gay to greater numbers of people in their localities; to embrace greater visibility and eschew strategies of silence; and aspire to a host of legal, political, cultural and social rights including same-sex marriage. Organic forms of visibility and local radicalism have emerged in the region and through an analysis of their testimonies we can see how the men continue to be transformed by an ever-changing landscape.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-25T04:45:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720981699
  • Populist contestations: Cultural change and the competing languages of
           sexual and gender identity
    • Authors: Rob Cover
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      There has been a vast proliferation of categories, descriptors and labels used to describe gender and sexual identity over the past few years, with terms now numbering in the hundreds. Many terms, such as heteroflexible, asexual, demigirl and sapiosexual actively contest masculine/feminine and hetero/homo binary arrangements of identity, and LGBTQ minority rights discourses and arguably represent an epochal shift in gender/sexual knowledge frameworks. The cultural conditions that make such change possible have yet to be explored. This paper draws on theoretical approaches to populism to analyse the role of popular culture, digital communication and contestation of institutional and expert knowledges in driving the emergence of new gender and sexual terminology.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-24T04:43:37Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720982924
  • Reflections on a career dedicated to the study of BDSM and diverse
    • Authors: Charles Moser
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-17T06:07:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720979310
  • When virtuous paedophiles meet online: A sociological study of a
           paedophile community
    • Authors: Marie H Nielsen, Line Aaskov, Jørgen E Larsen
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      On the online forum Virtuous Paedophiles, experiences of being sexually attracted to children are discussed based on the belief that ‘adult-child sex’ is wrong. Having explored the forum’s culture of support, advice, and negotiations, we find that the stigmatised paedophile character limits both the understanding of being a paedophile and the ability to remain virtuous. Additionally, ideas about the paedophile character allow the formation of a counter discourse: the virtuous paedophile character. We argue that the justifications used in the forum differ from those in pro-contact communities and that the forum can help paedophiles be offense-free.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-17T06:07:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720979306
  • Consent and ethics within sex work and research: An academic and
           practitioner perspective
    • Authors: Beverly Y Thompson, Miss Couple
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      In this short piece, we explore some areas of consent within BDSM in relation to our roles as a practitioner and as an academic researcher. Beverly Yuen Thompson is a sociology professor who specializes in ethnographies of deviant subcultures with an emphasis on an intersectional approach. In this short piece, she uses her experience of conducting a long-term ethnography in a BDSM community. Miss Couple (2018) is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Bondage: Creating Intimacy through the Art of Restraint and a relationship and intimacy coach. Miss Couple was previously a manager of a BDSM establishment, from which she draws on her experience for this piece.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-17T06:07:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720979305
  • Vanilla democracy: Sexuality, parenthood, and kinship in Greece
    • Authors: Aspa Chalkidou
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article analyzes how parenthood gets established as a defined sexual category predicated on the exclusion of imagined deviance. Examining the Greek state's policies on reproduction, public discourses over non-heterosexual kinship, and the LGBT movement’s claims for the institutional recognition of same-sex parenthood, I analyze the circulation of sexual concepts and ideas through the cultural notion of parenthood, their imbrication with policies on family and reproduction, and their connection to broader national, political, and reproductive imaginaries. Through a careful reading of the “Greek case,” a nation where same-sex couples can now enter a civil partnership, but who nevertheless lack any legal recognition of same-sex parenting, I argue that political attachments to parenthood have implications for understanding other forms of institutionalized reproduction, including the academic re/production of scholarship on kinship and sexuality, labor law, and the reproduction of state authority.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-17T06:07:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720978611
  • Queering intimate emotions: Trans/nonbinary people negotiating emotional
           expectations in intimate relationships
    • Authors: Alithia Zamantakis
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      I analyze the ways in which trans/nonbinary participants queered gender labor and emotion work in intimate relationships by negotiating expectations to feel “proper” ways for intimates and to educate intimates about cis-ness/whiteness. Based on semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 15 trans/nonbinary individuals utilizing photo elicitation methods, participants queered intimate emotions by negotiating, reconfiguring, and resisting emotional expectations. They did this through selectively dating trans/nonbinary people and/or queer/trans people of color. Queering intimate emotions functioned to mitigate the effects of whiteness and cis-ness within intimate relationships. I build upon literature on gender labor, emotion work, and trans emotionalities.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-16T07:23:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720979307
  • ‘I’m black, a woman, disabled and lesbian’: LGBT ageing and care
           services at the intersections in South Africa
    • Authors: Finn Reygan, Neil Henderson, Jamil Khan
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Experiences of ageing and care are closely tied to structural location in terms of race, class, gender and sexuality among others. In South Africa, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people’s experiences of ageing and care are profoundly influenced by the patriarchal, postapartheid context. This study, the first of its kind in South Africa, was an exploratory study of the experiences of ageing and care among LGBT elders in two provinces in South Africa. Findings indicate that LGBT elders’ experiences of ageing and care are influenced by intersectionality and lack of access to care. In particular, the ageing and care experiences of black and Coloured LGBT elders, especially lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, are disproportionately impacted. Implications of these exploratory findings are that national ageing and care policies need to specifically name LGBT elders as a key group and that services be rolled out for LGBT elders.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-03T06:04:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720975322
  • In pursuit of the potential of sexual field theory: A research agenda
    • Authors: Lisa Wade
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Some argue that sexual field theory is the most promising approach to developing a comprehensive theory of collective sexual life. Yet, it remains underdeveloped. Pointing to a narrow empirical foundation, I use collegiate hookup cultures to reveal the potential of extended case study. I present the first comprehensive consideration of hookup cultures from a field theory perspective and show how these cases can both answer existing questions and provoke new ones. These include questions about the relationship between structures of desire and complex, contradictory, and untapped personal desires; the role of aversion and trauma in shaping the habitus; the dynamics of power, from the micro to the macrosociological; the bounds and reach of a field’s force; and sexual fields’ embeddedness in organizations. Given these potential theoretical advances, I argue that a wider range of cases will allow sexual field theory to fulfill its promise to sexualities scholarship.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-03T06:04:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720976973
  • Polyamory in Paris: A social network theory application
    • Authors: Janet Bennion
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Multiple sexual partnerships can be viewed as networks in order to assess the nature of links between lovers and metamours (lover’s lovers) as well as the larger population. In such non-monogamous networks, where participants share sex, friendship, ideas, and economic resources, there exists a vast web of nodes connected in much more intimate and complex ways than one finds in the mono-normative landscape. This study explored gender dynamics in network centrality on a sample of 62 polyamorists in Paris, France using participant-observation, informal and structured interviews, and social network analysis. Though evolutionary psychology and pornographic film tend to reinforce heteronormative stereotypes of males as central social actors with multiple sexual partners and women as sexually passive, feminist theorists have argued for a more “agentic female sexual subjectivity”. My data showed that cis- and trans-women, with a strong sense of family and skills in interpersonal communication, score highest on network metrics of density/degree, homophily, indirectedness, and transitivity. The network data also indicate high modularity and endogamy with clustering tendencies for both cis-men and cis- and trans-women linked to kink, atypical intelligence, sexual and gender non-conformity, and mitigating factors of socioeconomic advantage and racial privilege.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-12-02T07:03:03Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720975328
  • Turning Bourdieu back upon sexual field theory
    • Authors: Emily H Ruppel
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      In recent years, sexual field theory has emerged as the cutting edge of the sociology of sexuality. This paper turns Bourdieu’s own formulation of field back upon sexual field theory to investigate sites where sexual field theorists break from Bourdieu and what questions these sites of divergence raise. I pinpoint two unresolved issues in sexual field theory: (1) the ambiguous boundaries of sexual fields and (2) the obfuscation of power. Both points relate to the autonomy of sexual life, which sexual field theorists may overstate. This paper recommends new lines of analysis which may advance field theory more broadly, the sociology of sexuality, and the feminist reinvention of Bourdieu.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-11-28T02:56:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720976958
  • Marriage, aging, and women’s pursuit of commercial sex in Japan
    • Authors: Akiko Takeyama
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      A number of scholarly works have observed Western and Japanese women travelers who seek romance and adventure with local “beach boys” in the Global South. Despite the important criticism of geopolitical inequality contained in these works, what is missing is how those involved in such commodified sexual relationships make sense of what they do. This essay focuses on how well-heeled Japanese married women, who are concerned with the meaning and effects of aging, pursue a commodified form of sexual intimacy as a means to rediscover their sense of sexual subjectivity. How do they perceive their own involvement in sexual commerce' What kinds of sexual power dynamics do these women and their younger, precarious male partners shape at the intersection of gender, age, and class' How do these women make sense of the apparently masculine act of paying for sex, which requires them to transgress cultural norms of feminine passivity in sexual matters' By posing these questions, this article provides a fine-grained portrayal of a particular kind of feminist agency.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-11-28T02:56:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720973909
  • Queering consent: Negotiating critical consent in les-bi-trans-queer BDSM
    • Authors: Robin Bauer
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      In BDSM community discourse as well as research on BDSM, consent has been treated as an uncomplicated given, often relying on liberal or post-feminist notions of consent as a rational contract between equals until recently. The results of a qualitative study on the les-bi-trans-queer BDSM communities in contrast highlight that on the one hand, queer BDSM technologies of negotiating consent are valuable tools in moving away from heteronormative and liberal notions of consent towards a culture of sexual consent as communicative. On the other hand, limits to BDSM consent technologies are discussed and it is argued that consent needs to be critical and developed collectively.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-11-28T02:53:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720973902
  • Cruising in-between immunity and community: A virtual ethnography of
           cruising in Istanbul
    • Authors: Tankut Atuk
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article revisits the concept of (virtual) cruising with the purpose of uncovering an often-disregarded fact in queer theory: that cruising is equally about rejecting as it is about welcoming others/otherness. With the help of two critical conceptual tools, community and immunity, that I borrow from Italian philosopher Roberto Esposito, this paper discusses how a particular Geosocial Networking Application, Hornet, both enables and undermines the emergence of a virtual community in Istanbul, Turkey. While defying heteronormativity, Hornet reproduces violence in the shape of homonormativity, endangering what it claims to offer originally: community. By addressing cruising in relation not only to community but also immunity, this article makes an intervention in queer theory’s tendency to reduce cruising to a universal welcoming of otherness. This paper aims to revisit both the communitarian potentials and immunitarian risks of cruising in the light of a rather politicized analysis grounded in the everyday experiences of ordinary people.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-11-27T09:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720973893
  • Disabled sexualities: A theoretical review of sociological approaches and
           a call to problematize the normative/non-normative dialectic
    • Authors: Kyle Callen
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      In the aftermath of the disability rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, a number of disability activists and scholars began calling for increased attention to the sexual lives of people with disabilities. The result has been a wide range of research that has explored both the sexual marginalization and sexual empowerment of disabled people across diverse groups and social contexts. Indeed, while a number of reviews of research on disabled sexualities have already been written, they have either been too narrowly focused on niche topics, or provide such a broad overview of disabled sexuality that they do not adequately discuss the different theoretical perspectives guiding such research. In this paper, I offer more developed articulations of the theoretical perspectives underpinning scholarship on the sexualities of people with disabilities, and call for a “reproblematizing” of the complex dialectical relationship between “normative” and “non-normative” deployments of sexuality that go into acts of “queering” and sexual empowerment amongst disabled people.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-11-19T01:43:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720973892
  • The untimeliness of trans youth: The temporal construction of a gender
    • Authors: Victoria Pitts-Taylor
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article explores a quasi-diagnosis, “rapid-onset gender dysphoria”, which constructs the pathologized untimeliness of trans youth. I argue that rapid-onset is a concept with multiple, shifting meanings that encompass various dimensions of temporality. I show how constructions of rapid or fast time are used to call into question the claims of trans youth and the judgment of clinicians who treat them. The discourse of rapid, hasty, and etiologically suspect gender dysphoria assumes a view of gender as essential, fixed, and asocial, and of adolescence as a developmental stage of passivity, susceptibility, and risk. The study’s treatment of its research subjects as untimely obscures their varied, emergent, and dynamic experiences, I argue, which should not be read as signs of “incorrect” gender identity, but rather as indications of gender’s material performativity.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-11-18T12:49:03Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720973895
  • Thinking kink: Reflections on the cultural study of BDSM
    • Authors: Margot Weiss
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-11-02T09:32:37Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720969922
  • ‘Damn, Channing Tatum can move!’: Women’s accounts of men’s bodies
           and objectification in post-feminist times
    • Authors: Andrea Waling, Duane Duncan, Steven Angelides, Gary W Dowsett
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This paper explores how women think about men’s bodies as objects of desire. It reports on one part of a larger qualitative study on men’s bodywork practices in contemporary Australia. Drawing on material from three focus groups with 24 Australian women of varying ages, sexual orientations and backgrounds, the paper considers how women experience, understand and reflect on their desire for men and men’s bodies. It also explores themes such as the connection women draw between what a man’s body looks like and what it can do, how attraction is experienced, the meaning making women engage in as they think about men and men’s bodies, and the broader politics of sexuality and objectification that inform their perceptions and ideas. These experiences are set against ideas in post-feminist thinking on women’s sexual desire and debates on their sexual empowerment. The paper argues that these women are grappling with tensions between their personal experiences of sexual objectification and a feminist ethics relating to their active and reflexive projects of sexuality.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-30T05:59:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720967657
  • ‘Any performer you pick!’ Playful manifestations of porn
    • Authors: İhsan C Asman
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article presents a qualitative study of 18 porn spectators' selfreflective sexual narratives. It asks how porn spectatorship shapes one’s sexual self and how it connects to transformations in sexual desires, fantasies, and pleasures. Applying theorizations of play into thinking through the relationship between sexual norms and the uses of porn, the article further conceptualizes online porn as a toy – an object to play with and to use for pleasure. Also, it offers to frame porn spectatorship as a finite province of meaning, namely a sub reality and a particular realm of experience, and thus it sets out to develop a more nuanced understanding of the ecology of play at hand.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-30T05:59:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720967649
  • The sagacity of the surround: The casual sex-assemblages of young adults
    • Authors: George Sanders, Heidi Ann Lyons
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      The current study applies the concept of the assemblage, an aggregation of discursive and nondiscursive bodies, objects, and ideas, to young adults and casual sex. By de-centering human subjectivity, we are able to focus on some of the ways in which dating apps and sexual desires, in addition to human and nonhuman bodies, can be propelled and/or impeded in anticipation of sexual encounters. To answer our research questions, we rely on online survey data from young adults living in the United States (N = 99). Making use of the theoretical contributions of Deleuze and Guattari, our findings highlight the ways dating apps and social media contribute to organizing, arranging and rearranging the casual sex assemblage.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-29T06:26:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720967656
  • Playing with power: Kink, race, and desire
    • Authors: Michelle Liang
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Although the separation between “real life” and “play” appears to reinscribe liberal notions of autonomy, BDSM practitioners actually mobilize this boundary to trouble liberal understandings of the liberal autonomous rational agent. Through understandings desires as inextricable from power, and fetishes as displacements of anxieties, BDSM practices recognize “irrational” desires and multiple, fractured selves. In examining kink practices of queer women of color in the Netherlands, this paper explores the transformative potentials of BDSM for queer people of color, especially in resisting colonial discourses that privilege liberal discourses of agency and conceptualize bodies of color as nonmodern, inferior, exotic, and irrational. In the face of discourses that pit Dutch freedom and sexual expression against ethnic minorities and sexual constraint, marginalized kinksters are forming communities that radically centralize marginalized kink experiences and reject pathologizing discourses, as they critically alter the implications of and possibilities for slippages between daily life and kink.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-29T06:26:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720964063
  • A queer(er) temporality: A posthumanist analysis of the performative
           agencies of time with/in gay men’s anal fisting
    • Authors: Jarred H Martin
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Gay men’s anal fisting has been rendered in sharply divided terms through cautionary-toned medico-forensic studies or more affirmative queer commentary. Despite these paradigmatic and tonal differences, both have tended to share an analytically narrow humanocentric lens. Drawing data from a project with South African gay men who incorporate fisting into their sexual relations, a posthumanist performative account of temporality is put to work in exploring how anal fisting entails the co-participation of the often unacknowledged agency/ies of time. What emerges through this analysis is a peculiar and queer(er) temporality of slowtime which actively co-produces the corpo-erotics of gay men’s fisting.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-28T06:40:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720967648
  • Hanging, blowing, slamming and playing: Erotic control and overflow in a
           digital chemsex scene
    • Authors: Kristian Møller
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Based on participant observation, this article details the use of methamphetamine (crystal meth) in a social scene mediated by a video conferencing service similar to Zoom. Taking an affective-materialist approach and applying concepts from play theory, it describes the visual erotic culture that emerges in the 100 simultaneous videos of drug-using people, mostly men. It details the scene’s modulation of temporality, how drug use is performed in relationship to numerous screens and the way ceremonialization counters the platformed deintensification. Finally, it discusses how digital chemsex encounters might overflow categories of gender and sexuality, and how the article may enrich the study of drugged sexual play.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-14T06:42:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720964100
  • Of longing and waiting: An inter-Asia approach to love and intimacy among
           older lesbians and bisexual women
    • Authors: Denise T-S Tang
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This paper examines same-sex intimacies formed by and among older Chinese lesbians and bisexual women who were born from the late 1930s to the late 1950s through qualitative interviews and participant observation conducted in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. For this paper, I aim at complicating cultural notions of love, romance and intimacies, that were brought up within interstices of connected histories, gender roles and marginalized sexual subjectivities. Based on ethnographic data collected during 2016–2018, I elaborate on the moments of longing and waiting as redefining modern notions of love and intimacy across time and spatial dimensions. Then I bring up a methodological episode where inter-Asian referencing intersects with Chinese modernities to illustrate how gender and sexuality meet, intersect and influence each other in the cultural imagination and eventual materialization of women’s same-sex desires. The last section will examine the politics of butchness as protection and as a form of politeness.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-14T06:42:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720964110
  • “My Games are … Unconventional”: Intersections of
           game and BDSM studies
    • Authors: Tanja Sihvonen, J Tuomas Harviainen
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines connections between games and BDSM (consensual bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism), theoretically speaking (in their respective research areas) as well as in practice. A common grounding behind these connections is the consideration of play as a foundational component in games and game studies as well as in BDSM practices and the studies of BDSM as a cultural phenomenon. We identify five sets of relevant connections. First, there are direct comparisons between the two types of play. Second, several live-action role-playing games have been made about BDSM, or for BDSM. Third, many other games have borrowed ideas from BDSM, as well, as have some BDSM activities, in turn, from games and play. Fourth, queer game studies frequently discuss subversive and transgressive play practices, which provide a fruitful context for analyzing play elements in BDSM, and BDSM-inspired elements in games. And fifth, both games and BDSM are frequently discussed in the research contexts related to performance, theater, and rituals, which forms a potential bridge between these activities. Through this five-strand exploratory analysis, we show how deeply interconnected these two realms are, even if the connection is only rarely mentioned, and to this date, not fully recognized as a valid research topic.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-14T06:42:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720964092
  • Spiritual experiences and altered states of consciousness – Parallels
           between BDSM and Christianity
    • Authors: Charlotta Carlström
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article is based on a five-year qualitative ethnographic study of bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism (BDSM) in Sweden. In-depth interviews were completed with 29 self-defined BDSM practitioners. In the article, I investigate spirituality in two different contexts, namely within BDSM practice and in the charismatic Christianity. With a focus on power dynamics, pain rituals, and altered states of consciousness, I discuss the questions: What meaning is given to the concept of spirituality in a BDSM context, and how does this spirituality resemble spirituality in Christianity' Which common denominators between BDSM practice and Christian belief can be found, and how should we interpret the parallels that the informants emphasize between practicing BDSM and having a Christian affiliation' The article aims to broaden our understanding for spirituality in different contexts, and thus contribute to both the research field of BDSM as well as to religion studies. And as such, I hope this study can bring some clarity to the different spiritual experiences individuals may encounter, whether it happens in a BDSM context or in a religious context.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-13T04:50:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720964035
  • The persistent pathologization of BDSM: An interview with Charles Moser
    • Authors: Rachel Jobson
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-07T07:26:33Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720961296
  • Discourse and religious doctrine: Professional social work and the moral
           regulation of the body in Roman Catholic Ireland
    • Authors: Susan Flynn
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      The moral and practical regulation of sexuality and associated risk has been in some ways traditionally bound by Catholic religious doctrine in the Republic of Ireland. Over the last century, however, the emergence of professional social work as a state risk management strategy around sexuality is evident. This tallies with the disrepute of the Church following high-profile abuse scandals and publicized tragedies tied to institutional segregation. This paper presents theoretically informed critical commentary, through uptake of the Foucauldian notion of discourse. It concludes that critique of the regulation of sexuality, should be qualified on three counts. Firstly, tensions between Catholicism and social work remain. Secondly, wariness towards the operation of power is requisite. Thirdly, both that which is said, and unsaid, enlightens present debates.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-07T07:26:33Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720964029
  • He looks so cute: The discourse of heterosexual relationship initiation by
           female youth in Nigeria
    • Authors: Eyo O Mensah
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      In many cultural traditions in Africa and beyond, it is taboo for women to initiate sexual offers to men. However, with the new wave of gender fluidity, exposure to media, and affiliation with modernity, some young women in Nigeria initiate heterosexual relationships with their choice of partners. This article explores the nuanced narratives, motivations and experiences of young women in such relationships from a qualitative ethnographic approach using participant observations, focus group and semi-structured interviews. The study is rooted in gender performativity, a postmodern feminist approach to gender and sexuality which allows an individual to express his or her sexual identity and roles based on preference, freedom and responsibility. The results, based on linguistic evidence, show that through initiating sexual relationships, young women find a source of empowerment and agency that challenges their stereotyped passive roles, breaks down gender barriers in normative heterosexual relationships, and thus expand the boundary of their femininity.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-07T07:26:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720961295
  • The beginning of the sociological study of BDSM: A personal reflection
    • Authors: Thomas S Weinberg
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This paper discusses the beginnings of sociological research in BDSM and the author’s role in the development of the field.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-07T07:26:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720961288
  • Fun with Dick and Dick: Homosociality on r/MassiveCock
    • Authors: Rhiannon Bury, Lee Easton
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Social media and content-sharing platforms provide new opportunities for the circulation of not only professional and amateur porn productions but also “pornographic self-representation”. This study examines the interactions that occur when male pornographic self-representation is shared in an inclusive space that welcomes both straight and gay men to post dick pics and gaze/comment on them. Focusing on the Reddit forum, Massive Cock, we conducted a discourse analysis of a selection of posts, comments and account profiles collected over a seven-month period. Based on our findings, we contend that Massive is a homosocial space where homoerotic dick gazing reaffirms and disrupts the heterosexual–homosexual binary. Our findings point to an uneven dynamic in which the majority of the posters perform a straight identity, whereas the majority of commenters perform a gay identity. Their comments serve to disrupt hegemonic masculinity and, in turn, create a space that welcomes mostly straight and bi-curious performances of masculinity. Such performances are possible due to recent cultural shift away from homo-hysteria and towards a more inclusive heteromasculinity. Collectively these performances produce an inclusive “fraternity of the cock”, but it is one which maintains a heterocentric focus and function.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-07T07:26:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720961300
  • Mess up the empire: Deploying and disrupting homonationalism
    • Authors: John Andrew G Evangelista
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Homonationalism refers to how the West folded LGBTQ rights into the nation through neoliberal economies, intervention, and surveillance of racialized communities. This shift relied on the exceptionalist narrative that reveres Western sexual liberation—liberal, bureaucratic, visible, and consumerist—while silencing queer narratives from Southern, racialized, and migrant communities. The literature found that some LGBTQ (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers) organizations deployed this imperial narrative, yet accounts on the social conditions facilitating such deployments remain scant. To expand the current discussions, my paper situates the Philippine LGBTQ movement’s affinity with homonationalism within the political, material, and ideological exigencies that confronted activists.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-06T07:56:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720961298
  • It’s complicated: Sex and the BDSM subculture
    • Authors: Julie Fennell
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Drawing from extensive insider ethnographic work and an internet survey with a convenience sample of 1642 BDSM practitioners, I show that the social context of the BDSM subculture has a profound impact on pansexual BDSM practitioners’ interpretation of the relationship between BDSM and sex. Greater involvement in the public BDSM subculture and participation in feminine Dominance/masculine submission are both strongly associated with less preference for and experience of sexual BDSM. Greater involvement in the BDSM subculture increases participants’ likelihood of viewing their sexuality in terms of BDSM but decreases their likelihood of viewing BDSM in sexual terms. BDSM practitioners who meet new BDSM partners in BDSM subcultural contexts, even ones where sex is allowed, are much less likely to have sex with their partners than practitioners who met anywhere else. I argue that research should focus more on the social factors that influence participants’ experience and interpretation of BDSM, particularly on the influence of the BDSM subculture, and that theorists should think more broadly about the social determinants of “sex” and “sexual experience.”
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-10-06T07:56:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720961303
  • ‘I’m just with the guys and we’re having a laugh’: Exploring
           normative masculinity in a lap-dancing club setting, as a heteronormative
    • Authors: Rachela Colosi
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Drawing upon findings from an ethnographic study of lap-dancing club customers, and those generated from desk-based research which examined lap-dancing club websites and promotional materials, this article will argue that the lap-dancing club is a heteronormative space, in which male customers practice normative masculinity. In exploring normative masculinity, this article will draw upon the work of Connell (1995), to demonstrate how different normative masculine practices are evident in the different attendance patterns of lap-dancing club customers. Overall, the findings discussed in this article make two important assertions, in support of Connell’s work. First, that masculinity is fluid, and context dependent; men can enact different versions of masculinity in different social spaces and situations. Second, normative masculine practices are pervasive, and encouraged, aided through heteronormative spaces such as lap-dancing clubs.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-09-21T07:38:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720957205
  • Play, secrecy and consent: Theorizing privacy breaches and sensitive data
           in the world of networked sex toys
    • Authors: Jenny Sundén
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Based on a new materialist analysis of “vibrant matter” to understand the liveliness of sexual objects in toy-based sexual play, in this article I investigate the politics of thinking digital technologies as operating partly beyond human forms of agency and control. I use as my core examples privacy breaches and data leaks in the world of networked sex toys – such as a vibrator which allegedly audio recorded its clients’ play sessions without express permission – to engage with questions of intimacy and privacy in digital networks of humans and nonhumans. In particular, the discussion focuses on the consequences of new forms of publicness for how we can understand sexual intimacy and sexual play. What does it mean to have an intimate moment when connected to a device, a medium and a network that is by definition public, corporate and leaky' And how could we imagine other ways of being sexually intimate and exposed – yet safe – in public digital networks' Drawing on discussions of queer intimacy, sexual consent and queer BDSM, I suggest that current understandings of privacy and sensitive data (as per GDPR) may need unconventional sources to further ways of knowing what consent might mean, and how it feels.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-09-17T09:06:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720957578
  • Intimate citizenship and mental ill health: Informal carers’ accounts of
           romantic relationship difficulties of people with mental health problems
    • Authors: Brian Brown
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      In this paper I take a relational approach to understanding the experiences of carers in enabling the ‘intimate citizenship’ of people with long-term mental health problems. This aspect of informal care has received little attention, yet the relational context in which intimacy occurs is important as a background to the more frequently addressed questions of sex and sexuality themselves. Thirty-one carers were asked about their experience of caring. Of those who were partners or spouses of the person cared for, a sense of diminished erotic capital and romantic potential appeared common. For those caring for a relative, there was a sense that their romantic opportunities were restricted and rendered risky by their mental health problems. The interviews suggest substantial relational activity is undertaken to make intimate life possible, which is an important area of investigation if we are to appreciate the barriers to sexual participation of people with mental health problems.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-09-15T05:50:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720957212
  • Amber Jamilla Musser, Sensational Flesh: Race, Power and Masochsim
    • Authors: Caitlin Hart
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-09-11T11:13:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720957210
  • Ariane Cruz, The Color of Kink: Black Women, BDSM, and Pornography
    • Authors: Jennifer M Erickson
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-09-10T04:59:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720957211
  • Richard Joseph Martin and Dieter Haller (eds), Sex: Ethnographic
    • Authors: Lucy E Bailey
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-09-09T06:44:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720957191
  • Interview with Meg-John Barker
    • Authors: Daniel Cardoso
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-09-09T06:14:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720957206
  • Mary Robertson, Growing Up Queer: Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity
    • Authors: Susan Talburt
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-09-03T05:31:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720957199
  • Historical and generational forces in the Iridescent Life Course of
           bisexual women, men, and gender diverse older adults
    • Authors: Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, Sarah Jen, Theresa Clark, Hyun-Jun Kim, Hyunzee Jung, Jayn Goldsen
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      PurposeLittle is known about the life course of bisexual older adults. This study examines life events and experiences of bisexuals by generation: Pride Generation, born 1950–1964; Silenced Generation, born 1935–1949; and Invisible Generation, born 1934 or earlier, as well as by gender among women, men, and gender diverse older adults.MethodsAging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study is the first national longitudinal study of LGBTQ older adults in the US. We utilize the Iridescent Life Course to examine the life events and life course experiences of bisexual older adults (N = 216) using 2014 survey data. The Iridescent Life Course frames this study for comparing generational and gender differences in five key areas: identity development; work; kin and social relationships; bias-related experiences; and physical and mental health.FindingsThe Invisible Generation, the oldest generation, compared to the two younger generations, reports significant risks related to social relationships, the lowest levels of openly disclosing, and fewer bias-related experiences. They also demonstrate important signs of resilience and better mental health. Bisexual men and gender diverse older adults report higher rates of bias-related experiences and fewer social resources than bisexual women.ConclusionBased on the Iridescent Life Course, we document important differences in the heterogeneity and intersectionality in bisexual lives, particularly for those in late life and those gender diverse. It is essential to document the distinct nature of bisexuals’ life course, as it provides both historical and contemporary insights into aging and the reframing of future research.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-08-20T05:18:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720947313
  • ‘It’s nice to be appreciated’: Understanding heterosexual men’s
           engagements with sexting and sharing Dick Pics
    • Authors: Andrea Waling, Lucille Kerr, Adam Bourne, Jennifer Power, Michael Kehler
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This paper explores heterosexual men’s experiences of sexting with a primary focus on how, when and why men send sexually explicit photos to women. Previous research has focused either on gay and bisexual men’s experiences or considered sexting within a broader youth context. This research considers young men and their engagement with sexting practices and its relationship to how they view and understand their bodies as desirable and sexual. Drawing from work that has called for more reflexive considerations of men’s emotions and sexuality, we explore the processes by which men engage in the practice of sexting (how/where they take photos), the affects that sexting provides (how it makes them feel), their rationale for engaging in the practice (why they do it) and their expectations from partners (e.g. reciprocal photos, partner’s responses). The findings of this paper suggest that while men highlight a range of affects and experiences with sexting, on the whole, it helps boost sexual confidence with partners and create and sustain intimacy, particularly in between seeing (in person) a partner or partners. Our research further suggests that men share similar concerns to women in other studies who are concerned about their photos becoming public, thus revealing a primary reason why this particular population of heterosexual men may not engage in the sending of erotic photos.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-08-14T07:09:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720947297
  • What’s in a name: The politics of queer on campus
    • Authors: Kate O’Riordan, Sharon Webb
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This paper draws upon oral history interviews and archival work carried out to examine the history of the LGBTQ+ student society at the University of Sussex. It reflects upon the significance of the Society’s name change over time (from GaySoc in the 1970s to its contemporary formation as the LGBTQ+ Society) and considers the role of the Society and its members as an active political and sociable group, concerned with a broad range of political and social justice movements, both on campus and across wider society, locally and nationally. It demonstrates how the experience of student societies relates to individual and group identity and how they help shape national and international politics. It looks at how the groups were positioned as political through their location and in relation to activism beyond LGBTQ+ issues and the University.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-08-13T05:03:17Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720947306
  • Willed ambiguity: An exploratory study of sexual misconduct affecting
           sexual minority male university students in Canada
    • Authors: Viviane Namaste, Mark Gaspar, Sylvain Lavoie, Alexander McClelland, Emily Sims, Alex Tigchelaar, Christopher Dietzel, JD Drummond
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      We offer exploratory reflections on the matter of sexual misconduct affecting sexuality minority male students by males in positions of authority in the university, based on interviews with eight sexual violence service providers and five men across Canada with lived experience, as well as information gathered through our recruitment work. Data were interpreted using thematic analysis. Our results indicate that there is a need to think through the specificity of sexual misconduct involving men in university settings. Several dynamics operate to perpetuate a willed ambiguity on this issue that allow abuses of power to go unchecked. These include difficulties in having a conversation on this topic, the sexualization of gay male culture, gender dynamics among gay men, ‘queer’ justifications, risks of social isolation, and financial precarity.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-08-13T05:03:16Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720947308
  • Doing, being and verbalizing: Narratives of queer migrants from Muslim
           backgrounds in Spain
    • Authors: Gerard Coll-Planas, Gloria García-Romeral, Blai Martí Plademunt
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      The hegemonic narrative in the West establishes that having same-sex relationships constitutes an identity that must be public. This article analyses how this narrative is reproduced and/or subverted in the discourses of queer migrant people from Muslim backgrounds in Catalonia (Spain). The analysis of 10 interviews reveals a more fluid notion of sexual orientation, an uncomfortableness with the identity categories regarding sexuality, and a stronger distinction between the public and the private boundaries. The informants found themselves in a complex situation that made it impossible for them to completely reproduce or subvert the overlapping normativities of both the origin and host society, compelling them to devise hybrid strategies to live their sexuality. The article closes with a reflection on the implications of the different ways of living sexuality in relation to the theorization of sexual/intimate citizenship and LGBT equality policies, which also reproduce the western hegemonic understanding of sexuality.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-08-12T05:19:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720944589
  • Who can I turn to' Social networks and the housing, care and support
           preferences of older lesbian and gay people in the UK
    • Authors: Ralf Lottmann, Andrew King
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      What happens when lesbian and gay people, who are more likely to be childless and single than their heterosexual peers, get older and need support and care' Who can they turn to' In addressing this question, this article draws on data collected as part of a wider project concerning the housing preferences, experiences and concerns of older LGBT people in the United Kingdom. The article explores the social networks that older lesbian and gay people expect to utilise later in life if they require different forms of care. It uses social capital theory and considers the role of ‘families of choice’ in older lesbian and gay people’s lives, questioning whether such bonds may or may not be useful for different forms of care and support older lesbian and gay people may require late in life.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-08-12T05:19:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720944588
  • Konstantinos Eleftheriadis, Queer Festivals: Challenging Collective
           Identities in Transnational Europe
    • Authors: Aydın Hazal
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-08-12T05:19:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720947314
  • Senthorun Sunil Raj, Feeling Queer Jurisprudence: Injury, Intimacy,
    • Authors: Danil Linda Roland
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-08-12T05:19:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720947319
  • Queer (post-)migration experiences: Mexican men’s use of gay dating
           apps in the USA
    • Authors: Kostia Lennes
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Drawing on an ethnographic research in Mexico City, this article focuses on the use of geo-localized gay dating apps among Mexican queer migrants returning from the USA. Based principally on in-depth interviews and participant observation, this article aims to grasp how the participants have come to use these technologies when arriving in the USA. I argue that gay dating apps impact the trajectories of my informants and that their involvement in these networks is intimately linked to their migration experience. Furthermore, I suggest that these technologies contribute to fill a lack of sociability in the host country and influence queer sexual subjectivities after relocation.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-08-12T05:19:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720944591
  • Queer heterotopias in “straight(ish)” spaces: The case of
           Korean spas
    • Authors: Kendall Ota
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      The cultural shift leading to increased tolerance for diverse sexualities over the past few decades has transformed the landscape of traditionally queer spaces. Given the mainstream trend towards homonormativity and respectability politics, this paper examines the consequences of these changes for the articulation of queer intimacy and sexual freedom. Drawing from comments posted to an online public forum, I consider how men engage in the queer occupation of Korean spas by reimagining these businesses as places for queer sex. I position Korean spas as a “queer heterotopia” allowing men space to violate the centering of homonormative subjectivity. While the sexual practices of these men resist queer normativity, they simultaneously mobilize hegemonic racialized discourses, ultimately threatening the queer heterotopic potential of the space. Thus, this work offers instances of both queer promise and failure where normative structures are simultaneously challenged and upheld.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-08-12T05:19:03Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720947320
  • Ageing/body/sex/work – Migrant women’s narratives of intimacy and
           ageing in commercial sex and elder care work
    • Authors: Lena Näre, Anastasia Diatlova
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article analyses how sex and elder-care workers negotiate intimacy and ageing in their work. We find surprising similarities between sex and care work that derive from the ways in which Eastern European migrant women are sexualised in the sites of our studies: Italy and Finland. The bodywork and intimate labour conducted by the women is defined in part by the social status of their work in society, in part by the ageing bodies upon whom the work is done, and in part by the ways in which the bodies of the workers are gendered, sexualised and racialised. The article draws on interview and participant observation data collected during two ethnographic research projects with female migrants from post-socialist countries working as eldercare workers in Italy and in sex workers in Finland.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-29T06:22:42Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720944590
  • Book Review
    • Authors: O’Quinn Jamie
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-29T06:22:42Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720944593
  • Gendered morality in the sex toy market: Entitlements, reversals, and the
           irony of heterosexuality
    • Authors: Shelly Ronen
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article characterizes norms of sexual morality in the sex toy market, revealing a core contradiction in the morality of gendered heterosexuality. Taking a novel approach to the study of the sex industry, the study’s data focus on producers rather than consumers of sex toys. Sex toy professionals understand women as ideal users whose sexual desire and consumption are morally defensible. Not only do girl-power sex positivity discourses valorize women’s orgasms, but men’s sex toy use is disavowed and even openly reviled by producers. This seems to upend existing configurations of heterosexual privilege, which ordinarily benefit men’s sexual desire. However, the reversal reveals a shared moral feature of gendered heterosexuality, which privileges women as sexually purer than men, who are encumbered with tainting lasciviousness.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-28T06:39:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720914601
  • A queer boundary: How sex and BDSM interact for people who identify as
    • Authors: Richard A Sprott, Jules Vivid, Ellora Vilkin, Lyle Swallow, Eliot M Lev, Julius Orejudos, Danny Schnittman
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Few studies have systematically examined the relationship between kink behaviors and sexual behaviors, yet even these preliminary studies indicate that the relationship is complex and that there is a notable diversity in how people construct the boundaries of sex and kink and the relationship between them. As part of a grounded theory study of kink identity, the current study examined how 70 kink-identified participants from Northern California discussed their experience and understanding of the relationship between kink and sex in interviews conducted in 2014 and 2015. Findings indicated seven themes: kink flowing into sex, kink as spice for sexual interactions, kink and sex as connection and intimacy, kink and sex as an expression of erotic energy, kink and sex as an expression of power exchange, kink as spiritual, and kink as freedom. Findings indicated that sexual orientation and gender identity may influence how people understand and experience the relationship between kink and sex.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-23T07:04:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720944594
  • Soundtracks of human mimetic sexual play: The case of East Asian regional
           sexual vernacular
    • Authors: Aljoša Pužar
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article presents and discusses the sonic aspects of human sexual play, focusing on soundtracks and sonic scripts related to sexual “faking”. The author’s ethnographic archives are used to exemplify these complicated mimetic sounds, as they travel and bounce within the sonic nexus of pornography and everyday human sexuality beyond porn. Recognizably regional East Asian vocalizations are used to showcase subtle relations between sonic enactments and those sounds that are, presumably, directly rooted in pleasurable sensations. Pretending in sexual acts often gets perceived as hedonically empty, lacking, or negative, in stark opposition to both pleasure and sexual agency. The undertaken ethnography of South Korean female mimetic sexual plays complicates this opposition. According to these ethnographic voices, supported by more recent findings in human ethology, these two modes of sexual behavior, while remaining conceptually separate, happen in infinitesimally close vicinity and often overlap. Vocal and other sounds that vacillate between these modes contribute to layered and complex enactment and the materialization of pleasure.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-17T10:08:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720936474
  • Overwhelming whiteness of BDSM: A critical discourse analysis of
           racialization in BDSM
    • Authors: Katherine Martinez
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Ahmed’s (2007) theory of the phenomenology of whiteness serves as a theoretical tool for assessing how whiteness presents itself within bondage, discipline, dominance/submission, and sadomasochism (BDSM) play. Given the “overwhelming whiteness” of BDSM in both research and practice, this study serves as a theory-building exercise for analyzing the relationship between what researchers have described as inclusive BDSM communities that continue to naturalize the whiteness of BDSM spaces. Through critical discourse analysis of interviews and blog submissions from BDSM participants, this study reflects on the whiteness of BDSM. Analyses suggest that the differences between white and racialized BDSM participants in their explanations for the whiteness of BDSM continue to support and privilege the white experience in white BDSM spaces.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-17T10:08:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720932389
  • Doing trust work – the purchase of sex in a Swedish context
    • Authors: Ylva Grönvall, Charlotta Holmström, Lars Plantin
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      The relationship between commercial sex and intimacy has been in focus in a number of studies on the purchase of sex, often distinguishing between one-time visitors and regular customers. This article is based on a study exploring how men who buy sex as one-time visitors navigate between commercialization and intimacy in a Swedish context. Based on interviews with 29 Swedish men purchasing sex, an inductive thematic analysis has been applied. The findings show how the men in this study balance between excitement and trust when purchasing sex, and how trust work is crucial for the purchase of sex not to be experienced as dangerous and instead pleasurable.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-14T07:04:39Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720936464
  • The health of LGBTI+ people and the COVID-19 pandemic: A call for
           visibility and health responses in Latin America
    • Authors: Marcos Signorelli, Rodrigo Otavio Moretti-Pires, Daniel Canavese de Oliveira, Richard Miskolci, Mauricio Polidoro, Pedro Paulo Gomes Pereira
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-13T04:52:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720942016
  • Spatialities of queer globalization: Middle- and working-class Hong Kong
           gay men’s subjective constructions of homophobia
    • Authors: Ting-Fai Yu
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article formulates a class critique that fosters productive tensions between global queering discourses and a Chinese homophobic order affecting Hong Kong and other ethnic Chinese societies. Vis-à-vis middle- and working-class Hong Kong gay men’s subjective constructions of homophobia, the findings demonstrate that class was configured through different geographical referents of everyday queer struggle, namely the West and China, with which my informants compared Hong Kong. This spatial manifestation of class was the result of an unequal cosmopolitan condition which enabled my middle-class informants to see, while excluding their working-class counterparts from seeing, Hong Kong as a gay-friendly city. Drawing on the geography of sexuality and the sociology of class and mobility, this article argues that Hong Kong is a significant site for understanding multidirectional flows of queer globalization.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-10T05:46:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720936466
  • How feminists pick porn: Troubling the link between
           ‘authenticity’ and production ethics
    • Authors: PJ Macleod
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article presents findings from an empirical study into the experiences of feminists who use pornography, with a focus on how feminists choose the material with which they engage. It discusses the ways in which participating feminists understood notions of authenticity in relation to porn, as well as the role played by perceptions of ‘authentic representation’ in their porn selection processes and ethical decision-making. The article problematizes the link made by interviewees between more authentic-seeming representations of sex, bodies and pleasure on one hand, and superior production standards and/or more enthusiastic performer consent on the other. It furthermore argues that uncritical demands for authenticity in porn risk undermining broader ‘sex positive’ or ‘anti-anti-porn’ feminist political goals, particularly around stigma reduction and the elimination of exploitative industry practices. In this way the article offers a meaningful contribution to academics, activists and others engaged in the discussion around porn consumption ethics and the ethics of porn consumption, as well as those working on ways to address exploitation within the pornography industries.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-10T05:46:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720936475
  • Experiences of older LGBT people ageing in place with care and support: A
           window on ordinary ageing environments, home-making practices and meeting
    • Authors: Roos Pijpers
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      In the (near) future, a growing number of older LGBT people will ‘age in place’, receiving health and social care in their homes and wider ageing environments until a very advanced age. This article discusses the results of a survey research among 115 LGBT people aged 65 years and over who are ageing in place and who are weekly and monthly receivers of health and social care services, and follow-up interviews with 10 people. The research was situated in the Netherlands. The results show that older LGBT people’s experiences with ageing in place are related to differences in how ageing environments are able to accommodate LGBT lifestyles. The results further shed light on the meaning of receiving health and social care at home as an older LGBT person, and the ways in which LGBT life histories and identities are expressed in care relationships, both in verbal and in home-making practices. Finally, the results suggest that the links between older LGBT people and the wider LGBT community are vulnerable, and neighbourhood-based activities may not be sufficiently responsive to older LGBT people.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-30T05:08:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720936471
  • The role of sexual orientation, age, living arrangements and self-rated
           health in planning for end-of-life care for lesbian, gay and bisexual
           (LGB) older people in the UK
    • Authors: Meiko Makita, Alejandro Bahena, Kathryn Almack
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article reports on findings from the quantitative phase of a two-year research project designed to explore end-of-life care experiences and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We draw on a subset of the sample (N = 180/237) to analyse the relationship between advance care planning, sexual orientation, living arrangements and self-rated health. The results contribute to a growing body of evidence on how sexual minorities approach and make decisions on advance care planning. A greater understanding of such patterns could help inform the way healthcare professionals engage in conversations about end-of-life care planning with older LGB people.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-17T12:51:12Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720932381
  • The gay scientist: Kane Race on the unexpected possibilities of
           experimental intimacies
    • Authors: Jamie Hakim, Kane Race
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      In this interview with Jamie Hakim, Kane Race talks about his most recent monograph The Gay Science: Intimate Experiments With the Problem of HIV (2018). In The Gay Science, he explores how practices of sex and intimacy between gay men are shifting amidst what he calls the changing infrastructures of gay life – digital, chemical and communal. As such the book is empirically oriented and looks at a wide range of topics from hook-up apps, to PreP to chemsex/party ‘n’ play, to the history and politics of Sydney’s Mardi Gras as they take place on the ground. Theoretically he blends the thought of philosophers such as Michel Foucault and Friedrich Nietzche with critical perspectives such as actor-network theory and Science and Technology Studies to argue that as scholars of sexual practice we need to pay more attention to what emerges within the contingencies of the assemblages and infrastructures that make sex between gay men possible. In so doing, the book is far more optimistic about gay sex and digital media then either popular media or influential strands of queer theory, offering path-breaking insight into the major concerns of this special issue on Chemsex Cultures.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-17T12:51:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720932392
  • First steps: Health and social care professionals beginning to address the
           palliative and end of life care needs of people with diverse gender
           identities and sexual orientations in Lebanon
    • Authors: Claude Chidiac
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      The available evidence demonstrates that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people face challenges when accessing palliative care services, and receive suboptimal care at the end of life. This is mainly attributed to assumed heterosexuality, lack of knowledge and understanding of LGBT issues and specific healthcare needs, discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia. In Lebanon, legal and institutional support for LGBT individuals is minimal, and palliative care provision remains scarce and fragmented. This compounds the impact of social stigma and marginalisation, and results in unrecognised palliative and end of life care needs for the LGBT individual. This short commentary discusses the development of an LGBT palliative care workshop in Lebanon, which was the first initiative of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It also explores how this initiative has led to further developments, and how these efforts can be replicated in other countries in the MENA region.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-16T03:45:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720932380
  • The Full Monty' Meaning construction and performative possibilities in
           media depictions of the male strip show
    • Authors: Katy Pilcher
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article questions the progressive potential of media depictions of male strip shows. I examine two overriding discourses within media representations, comparing these to the experiences of male dancers and female customers gleaned through ethnographic fieldwork in two strip venues. Namely, the media’s portrayal of the masculinity of male strippers as ‘fragile’; together with the construction of dancers as ‘fantasy’ subjects who know ‘what women want’. The article interrogates these constructions in relation to a critique of women’s opportunities to exercise an erotic ‘gaze’; the operation of racist and classist discourses of consuming ‘difference’ and Othering customers; and male dancers’ attempts to construct a viable sense of workplace self in the light of negative constructions of sexual labour.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-03T05:14:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720927641
  • Older gay men in Hong Kong and later life concerns: Identities matter'
    • Authors: Yiu Tung Suen
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Research on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) ageing has burgeoned in the past decade in Western settings such as Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. Based on the emerging research about older gay men in Hong Kong, this article adds two important aspects to the ongoing agendas for global research into LGB ageing and later life. First, it further conceptualizes and subdivides Hong Kong's older gay men into three subgroups who hold varying levels of salience of sexual identity in their life and thus have different later life concerns. Second, to contribute to the wider LGB ageing research, I argue that at the same single time point, older LGB people in different parts of the world may hold very different understandings of their sexual identity. In some parts of the world, sexual identities may matter less for older LGB people, and thus, such older LGB people may accordingly have very different later life concerns.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-04-29T12:13:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720902717
  • Transformational sexualities: Motivations of women who pay for sexual
    • Authors: Sarah Kingston, Natalie Hammond, Scarlett Redman
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Previous research on client motivations to purchase sexual services in the UK has predominantly focused on the experiences of men. Women who buy sex have largely been overlooked as it is commonly assumed that women provide, rather than purchase, sexual services. In addressing this empirical absence, this article examines data gained from 49 interviews with women clients and sex workers. It examines the reasons why women decide to purchase sexual services in the UK. We argue that the increasing importance of contemporary capitalism and consumerism has shaped women's engagement in the sex industry as clients. We show how women's sexual agency and assertiveness as clients, inverts the female sex worker/male client binary assumed to characterize commercial sex and illustrates the overlap and convergence of male and female sexuality. Our research thus contributes to an understanding of female sexuality more broadly, as exemplifying the hallmarks of ‘transformational sexualities’ in cosmopolitanism (Plummer, 2015).
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-04-14T06:52:46Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720904646
  • Advance care planning among older LGBT Canadians: Heteronormative
    • Authors: Brian de Vries, Gloria Gutman, Shimae Soheilipour, Jacqueline Gahagan, Áine Humble, Steven Mock, Line Chamberland
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Advance care planning (ACP) in North America often takes place in a cultural context of great ambivalence about death and dying, challenging efforts to discuss end-of-life care desires and preparations for death. Such challenges are amplified for sexual and gender minority older adults who often lack connections to traditional heteronormative systems of support. The extent of ACP preparation (completed documents, discussions) and their predictors was examined among a national sample of 91 community-dwelling Canadian LGBT older adults (mean age 68). The sample was disproportionately single and lived alone; more trans participants had children and about half of all participants reported a chosen family. About two-thirds of participants had a will, while less than half had a living will and power of attorney for health care, and a quarter had made informal caregiving arrangements. Just over one-third of respondents reported having discussions about future care and end-of-life plans. The only significant predictors of both ACP documents completed and ACP discussions undertaken were relationship status (those in a relationship were more likely to have engaged in both) and number of children (those with children were less likely to have completed documents). Given that most LGBT older adults are single, efforts must be expanded to reach and engage these individuals in preparing for end of life.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-03-17T03:12:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460719896968
  • Women's experiences buying sex in Australia – Egalitarian powermoves
    • Authors: Hilary Caldwell, John de Wit
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Evidence in this article addresses two popular political and scholarly concepts, female sexuality and sex-worker rights, which limit gender equality. Through description of interviews with 21 diverse women buying sexual services in Australia, and examination using interpretative phenomenological analysis, we introduce new ideas about women's therapeutic and pleasure-based motivations to buy sex and their concerns about their safety, money, laws, and stigma. Interviewees of the study described feeling transformative powers in pleasure as they gained skills and confidence to initiate, negotiate and control sexual activity. The experiences of the women who bought sex in this study directly challenge concepts of female sexual passivity and objectification generally and specifically in commercial sex settings. This article also promotes aspects of the sex industry as beneficial to society and demonstrates that destigmatisation and decriminalisation of the sex industry has potential to reduce harms experienced by sex workers and their clients.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-03-13T05:14:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460719896972
  • “If you could just see me”: The construction of heterosexual men’s
           sexual selves and the hierarchy of desirability
    • Authors: Beth Montemurro
      First page: 303
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Part of identity development involves the construction of a sexual self. Sexual selves are constructed based on interactions with others. Based on in-depth interviews with 59 heterosexual men between the ages of 30 and 59, I look at the way research participants defined heterosexual men’s desirability through their framing of their sexual selves. I show how participants’ stories revealed a link between desirability and masculinity for heterosexual men in U.S. culture. Moreover, I find that consistent with narratives of hegemonic masculinity, men were concerned with proving their desirability and hetero-masculinity through what I call “evidentiary stories.” These stories focused on men’s telling of how they were seen by others or in other contexts, with such accounts serving as evidence of their desirability. Through these stories, men constructed sexual selves that met (or failed to meet) dominant narratives of hetero-masculine desirability. In so doing, men also participated in the construction of a hierarchy of desirability among heterosexual men, underscoring the idea that certain men are more sought-after or valued than others—both by women partners and others at large.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-07T04:43:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720939045
  • ‘She doesn’t think that happens’: When heterosexual men
           say no to sex
    • Authors: Joni L Meenagh
      First page: 322
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Dominant understandings of men’s sexuality claim that men are always up for sex; as such, research on heterosexual men’s sexual refusals is sparse. Drawing on interviews conducted with young people (aged 18–23) living in and around Melbourne, Australia, this article explores three young people’s experiences of men saying ‘no’ to a woman’s request for sex within an ongoing relationship. In each of these instances the refusal was, to some extent, not respected. This presents a challenge to men’s masculinity which then needs to be redressed through compensatory manhood acts. This article explores how the truth claims of hegemonic masculinity and the male sexual drive discourse are reproduced through men and women’s social interactions, and unpacks the implications of men’s sexual refusals not being heard for sexual ethics education programmes.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-07T04:43:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720936460
  • Making visible the invisible: Bisexual parents ponder coming out to their
    • Authors: Abbey Berghaus
      First page: 341
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Unlike straight or gay parents whose sexuality is often made obvious to their children based on the gender composition of their relationships, bisexual and other non-monosexual parents are regularly and inaccurately assumed to be straight or gay. As a result, bisexuals in both same-gender and mixed-gender relationships must choose whether or not to come out to their children. This article uses data from an online survey of 767 US parents and explores reasons that bisexual parents offered when discussing their plans to come out or not come out to their children. Using a qualitative, thematic analysis of the open-ended question “Do you plan to tell your children about your sexual orientation' Why or why not'”, this article demonstrates that bisexuals planned to come out in order to educate their children on diversity, to encourage their children to be allies, to combat bisexual erasure, to promote honest communication, to convey solidarity to their LGBTQ+ children, and for necessary logistical reasons. Some parents did not plan to come out to their children, explaining that their sexuality was private, shameful, or confusing. Others said they would come out if asked, or if their children were also queer. These motivations relate to bisexual parents’ unique experiences with binegativity and erasure.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-07-03T06:08:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720939046
  • Male homosocial bonds and perceptions of human–robot relationships
           in an online sex doll forum
    • Authors: Belinda Middleweek
      First page: 370
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      Debates about human–machine relationships have intensified following the launch of the world’s first commercially available sex robot ‘Harmony’, a hyperrealistic sex doll with AI-capabilities. With the likely consumer market for these devices among white, male, heterosexual sex-doll owners, their views about sex robot technology and the niche online communities in which they discuss their doll relationships have received little scholarly attention. Through a qualitative analysis of the discursive practices of male users of a major sex doll forum, this study found complex and dynamic homosocial relations characterized men’s online interactions. In their discussion of a sex robot future, men negotiate competing structures of masculinity and sexuality and create a safe, online space for others to express their sexual desires and preferences. Using the concept of the ‘seam’ or join, the results reveal the way male users of sex dolls position themselves subjectively and are positioned by technology and the increasingly porous interface between human and machine.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-30T05:08:37Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720932383
  • Party-n-Play and online information and communication technologies: A
           socio-linguistic perspective
    • Authors: Rusty Souleymanov, David J. Brennan, Carmen H. Logie, Dan Allman, Shelley L. Craig, Perry N. Halkitis
      First page: 388
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This study examined the discourses of gay and bisexual men who seek Party-n-Play (PNP; sex that occurs under the influence of drugs) on mobile apps and websites. In-depth interviews were conducted with 44 gay and bisexual men who lived in Toronto, and who used drugs before or during sex in the previous month. Data were analysed using critical discourse analysis. The study findings presented evidence for subcultural discourses of gay and bisexual men who seek PNP online, and revealed how these discourses were implicated in recasting the practices of biopolitics, as well as enacting risk subjectivities of these men.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-30T05:08:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720932379
  • The totalizing meritocracy of heterosex: Subjectivity in NoFap
    • Authors: Marlene Hartmann
      First page: 409
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      NoFap is a growing online community of mostly heterosexual men seeking to abstain from masturbation. Rereading scholarship on the history of men’s masturbation, I undertake a critical discourse analysis of NoFap-videos on YouTube to investigate NoFap’s interpellative matrix. NoFap offers a specific mode of becoming a man by advocating a particular form of self-relation. To become a man, one needs to reconcile one’s self-government with one’s organismic existence as a body ‘naturally’ built for meritocratic heterosexuality. Reflecting on NoFap as a community connected to the manosphere, I conclude by suggesting that we thoroughly analyze manospherian modes of self-relation.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-28T07:40:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720932387
  • Ad libidinem: Forms of female sexualisation in RoastMe humour
    • Authors: Fabio I.M. Poppi, Marta Dynel
      First page: 431
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article reports the findings of a qualitative and quantitative study of seemingly aggressive but inherently benevolent humorous jibes that involve the sexualisation of women in the RoastMe practice performed by a growing social media community on Reddit. Based on a corpus of jocular insults, six forms of sexualisation comments are proposed: hyper-sexualisation, de-sexualisation and meta-sexualisation, each concerning the female body or practices. We account for the distribution of these categories, offering conclusions about humour and sexist ideologies, which RoastMe insults jocularly echo. Although the RoastMe community operates with a humour mindset, producing and recognising sexualisation jibes as a playful activity within a humorous frame, RoastMe insults speak volumes about the contemporary sexist ideologies and the salience of sexuality as a topic arbitrarily invoked in humour performance.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-17T12:51:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720931338
  • Aberrant sexualities: Others under the gaze of transnational documentary
    • Authors: Shehram Mokhtar
      First page: 456
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines the discourse of non-normative sexuality and gender variance in Pakistan produced through commissioned transnational documentaries. While the documentary apparatus is mobilized to make visible gender and sexual minorities in Pakistan, they deploy self-othering schema within which the other is defined in comparison to the Euro-American center and its politics of normative citizenship. Sexual practices and gender embodiments that do not match up to the normative ideals are deemed aberrant and rendered abject, while simultaneously Muslim cultures are metonymically linked with homophobia and oppression. I demonstrate through a close reading of three documentaries that the optics and modalities that they employ do not make intelligible the other and their relationalities but rather circumscribe them. I argue that the discourse is not constituted to empower but instead functions to subordinate, impoverish, and incapacitate the other.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-16T03:45:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720931339
  • Students, sex work and negotiations of stigma in the UK and Australia
    • Authors: Jessica Simpson, Cassandra Smith
      First page: 474
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.
      How stigma is negotiated by female university students working in the sex industry remains under-researched and is limited to the context of erotic dancing. This article combines data collected in the UK and Australia with a total of 14 student sex workers and expands the scope by including individuals working in legal brothels, as independent escorts, webcammers and erotic dancers. Findings reveal that the use of the internet offered some women protection from discrimination, while at the same time exposing others to ‘new’ and intensified forms of stigma; which required alternative strategies to negate the negative effects. Despite the diverse nature of the sex industry, regardless of the sector, women in both countries were similar in their approach to sex work and their response to stigma. Given their relatively ‘respectable’ social standing, students were able to claim ‘respectability’ not available to all. Some women also shared an increased capacity to live openly as sex workers while simultaneously considering their engagement in the industry to be temporary. Rather than living a double life, respondents aspired to a singular, authentic selfhood. Close relationships were built with co-workers and many women felt a strong sense of rootedness within sex-worker communities, with sex work becoming an important part of their identity.
      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-05T01:51:17Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720922733
  • An interview with Professor Stevi Jackson
    • Authors: Travis Kong
      First page: 491
      Abstract: Sexualities, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sexualities
      PubDate: 2020-06-16T03:44:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1363460720931333
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