Understanding Threesomes: Gender, Sex, and Consensual Non-Monogamy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Understanding Threesomes

Gender, Sex, and Consensual Non-Monogamy, 1st Edition

By Ryan Scoats

Routledge

208 pages

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Hardback: 9781138320390
pub: 2019-08-08
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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.

About the Author

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

About the Series

Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities

Rapid transitions related to men and masculinities are occurring across the Western world: Men are living and working within post-industrial capitalist societies; the decline of homophobia in some cultural contexts has led to profound changes in the social dynamics of men; and the internet is transforming social lives, particularly for young people. Ways to understand the dynamics of men are diversifying even as social issues related to men and masculinities persist in a range of spheres at an international level. New theoretical developments have also occurred as empirical studies shed new light on familiar topics.

The Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities series will be an important hub for innovative and theoretically rich empirical research that develops a critical understanding of men and masculinities within contemporary societies. This series welcomes research monographs examining important social issues related to boys, men and masculinities, including issues related to class, sexuality, age, ‘race’, individualization, and gender relations in a range of social contexts (e.g. education, society, work, family, sport and media). Books advancing new or innovative theories to understand masculinities will be particularly welcomed, and the series will be a venue for cutting-edge empirical research. Edited books will be accepted if they address a key gap in knowledge and provide a compelling rationale for their inclusion. We welcome relevant scholarship from any country.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General