A Qualitative Study of Heterosexual Men’s Attitudes Toward and Practices of Receiving Anal Stimulation

Wignall, Liam and Scoats, Ryan and Anderson, Eric and Morales, Luis (2019) A Qualitative Study of Heterosexual Men’s Attitudes Toward and Practices of Receiving Anal Stimulation. Culture, Health and Sexuality. ISSN 1369-1058 (In Press)

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Abstract

This study examines the practice of and attitudes toward anal sexual stimulation among 30 heterosexual undergraduate men attending a UK university. While scientific and popular belief throughout the twentieth century considered anal pleasure to be only for gay or gender non-conforming men, we find participants discuss such pleasure openly and some have explored physically receiving anal pleasure. Participants did not stigmatise sexual pleasure derived from anal play, challenging cultural narratives that conflate anal receptivity with being gay. We document how ignorance around the best practices for anal sex may impede pleasure and the further exploration of sexual pleasure and highlight areas where sexual health and education interventions may be beneficial.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Family Health
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Ryan Scoats
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2019 10:57
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 10:57
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7669

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