Moving Past the Rose-Tinted Lens of Monogamy: Onward with Critical Self-Examination and (Sexually) Healthy Science
Frank’s ( 2018) narrative overview analysis of connections between collective sex and HIV/STI risk explores an increasingly relevant societal issue: shifting the risk-focused dialogue around sexual behaviors to promote sexual health. Frank takes an inclusive analytic approach by uncovering parallels across academic disciplines to understand collective sexual behavior. Through this transdisciplinary analysis, she illuminates the ways in which a risk-centered approach for promoting sexual health falls short and collective sex is unwarrantedly linked with the spread of HIV/STIs. Ultimately, Frank’s thought-provoking path is likely to have researchers question their own positionality and opinions regarding collective sex (e.g., sex at swinger events, bathhouses, private events, rest areas) and HIV/STI risk. As Frank states:
Having sex intentionally in the presence of observers or with multiple partners is widely stigmatized, pathologized, and at times criminalized; places where collective...
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