Subjective Sexual Experiences of Behaviorally Bisexual Men in the Midwestern United States

Sexual Attraction, Sexual Behaviors and Condom Use

Phillip W. Schnarrs, Brian Dodge, Michael Reece, Gabriel Goncalves, Omar Martinez, Barbara van der Pol, David Malebranche, Maresa Murray, Ryan Nix, J. Fortenberry

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Abstract

Studies concerning behaviorally bisexual men continue to focus on understanding sexual risk according to a narrow range of sexual behaviors. Few studies have explored the subjective meanings and experiences related to bisexual men's sexual behaviors with male and female partners. In-depth, semistructured interviews were conducted with 75 men who engaged in bisexual behavior within the past 6 months. Participants were asked about their subjective sexual experiences with male and female partners. Findings suggest adherence to normative gender roles, with attraction to men and women conforming to these stereotypes, as well as a segregation of sexual behaviors along gendered lines. Overall, condom use was influenced by perceptions of potential negative consequences. Based on these findings, it remains critical that public health and other social and behavioral sciences continue to study bisexual men's sexual health issues as separate and distinct from their exclusively homosexual and heterosexual counterparts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-282
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Bisexuality
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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Keywords

  • bisexuality
  • condom use
  • men who have sex with men and women
  • MSMW
  • sexual attraction
  • sexual behaviors

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  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies

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Subjective Sexual Experiences of Behaviorally Bisexual Men in the Midwestern United States : Sexual Attraction, Sexual Behaviors and Condom Use. / Schnarrs, Phillip W.; Dodge, Brian; Reece, Michael; Goncalves, Gabriel; Martinez, Omar; van der Pol, Barbara; Malebranche, David; Murray, Maresa; Nix, Ryan; Fortenberry, J.

In: Journal of Bisexuality, Vol. 12, No. 2, 04.2012, p. 246-282.

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Schnarrs, PW, Dodge, B, Reece, M, Goncalves, G, Martinez, O, van der Pol, B, Malebranche, D, Murray, M, Nix, R & Fortenberry, J 2012, 'Subjective Sexual Experiences of Behaviorally Bisexual Men in the Midwestern United States: Sexual Attraction, Sexual Behaviors and Condom Use', Journal of Bisexuality, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 246-282. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299716.2012.674863
Schnarrs, Phillip W. ; Dodge, Brian ; Reece, Michael ; Goncalves, Gabriel ; Martinez, Omar ; van der Pol, Barbara ; Malebranche, David ; Murray, Maresa ; Nix, Ryan ; Fortenberry, J. / Subjective Sexual Experiences of Behaviorally Bisexual Men in the Midwestern United States : Sexual Attraction, Sexual Behaviors and Condom Use. In: Journal of Bisexuality. 2012 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 246-282.
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