1st Edition

Understanding Threesomes
Gender, Sex, and Consensual Non-Monogamy




ISBN 9781138320390
Published July 18, 2019 by Routledge
170 Pages

USD $155.00

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Book Description

Interest in sexual threesomes is significant, but how much do we really know about them? Why do people engage in them? What influences people’s interest? And what are the longer term ramifications of a threesome? This book explores these questions and more; contextualising the findings in relation to wider norms of gender, sexual behaviour, and relationships.

Drawing upon more than 50 interviews and 200+ qualitative surveys this book offers a rich and in-depth analysis of contemporary threesome behaviours. The findings suggest that threesomes are a complex and multi-faceted sexual behaviour. A behaviour which simultaneously resists and maintains norms of monogamy, serves important roles and functions for individuals and relationships, and is both highly desirable but potentially risky.

This book would appeal to both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars in the fields of sociology, psychology, and sexology. In particular, this book is essential reading for those interested in threesomes, consensual non-monogamies, and contemporary norms of sexual behaviour.

Table of Contents

1. Why Study Threesomes?;  2. Living in a Monogamist Culture;  3. The Consensual Non-Monogamy Burden;  4. What Do We Know About Threesomes?;  5. Why Do People Have Threesomes?;  6. Circumstances Leading to Threesomes;  7. Jealousy and Negotiating Exclusion;  8. Women and MMF Threesomes;  9. Experiences of Stigma;  10. What Happens After the Threesome?;  11. Conclusions.

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Biography

Dr. Ryan Scoats is a researcher at Birmingham City University in the faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. Much of his work focuses on people’s experiences of mixed-sex threesomes, consensual non-monogamy, sexualities, masculinities, men's friendships. Further details of his research and publications can be found at ryanscoatsphd.com

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, Birmingham City University
Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

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