Imagining interventions for collective sex environments

Flowers, P. and Frankis, J. (2019) Imagining interventions for collective sex environments. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48(1), pp. 35-39. (doi: 10.1007/s10508-018-1222-7) (PMID:29748786) (PMCID:PMC6349797)

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Frank’s (2018) article provides an excellent summary of transdisciplinary research concerned with collective sex environments, synthesizing highly diverse studies spanning five decades. The contributing papers utilize a broad range of methods and reflect many key sexual health risks across several diverse and distinct populations. For many readers, such as ourselves, with a particular interest in a single population, Frank’s synthesis provides a much needed and entirely fascinating wider perspective. This overarching vantage point can teach us about similarities and differences across populations, while simultaneously illuminating the populations and research we know so well through a different lens. As such, the paper provides an essential contribution to the literature. However, rather than champion the paper’s many strengths, within this Commentary we wish to grapple with what could be seen as its potential shortcomings. Our aim here is not be critical for the sake of it, but to somewhat playfully push debates further about many issues addressed within the paper. In this way, we wish to initiate more dialogue concerning collective sex, concomitant risks, and imaginative ways to ameliorate such risks.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Flowers, Professor Paul
Authors: Flowers, P., and Frankis, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Archives of Sexual Behavior
ISSN (Online):1573-2800
Published Online:10 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Archives of Sexual Behavior 48(1): 35-39
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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