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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology and Sexuality
Volume10
Issue number1
Early online date17 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Consensual non-monogamy
  • group sex
  • sexual behaviour
  • sexuality
  • threesome

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