‘If there is no homo, there is no trio’: Women’s experiences and expectations of MMF threesomes

Scoats, Ryan (2018) ‘If there is no homo, there is no trio’: Women’s experiences and expectations of MMF threesomes. Psychology and Sexuality, 10 (1). pp. 45-55. ISSN 1941-9899

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Although contemporary research into threesomes is expanding, little is yet understood about women’s perspective on threesomes involving two men and one woman (MMF)—the generally more stigmatised configuration of mixed-sex threesome. Using semi-structured interviews with 16 women who had ever engaged in a mixed-sex threesome, this research aimed to explore women’s attitudes and experiences of MMF threesomes and understand their (dis)interest in them. The findings suggest that, although MMF threesomes were somewhat stigmatised by participants, more were interested in them than not. Core to women’s (perceived) enjoyment of these threesomes was the desire to engage with men who would interact sexually with each other. This helped to create a safer, less objectifying environment, as well as providing sexual arousal for some women. Accordingly, it is suggesting that the stigma around MMF threesomes is diminishing, and in this context, women are enacting their sexual agency to pursue the sorts of sex they desire.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2018.1546766
25 October 2018Accepted
9 November 2018Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consensual non-monogamy, group sex, sexual behaviour, sexuality, threesome
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR)
Depositing User: Ryan Scoats
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 12:36
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:15
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6520

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