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J Sex Res. 2009 Sep-Oct;46(5):399-413. doi: 10.1080/00224490902846479.

Race-based sexual stereotyping and sexual partnering among men who use the internet to identify other men for bareback sex.

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Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA. pw2219@columbia.edu

Abstract

This qualitative study used sexual scripting theory to explore sexual stereotyping and sexual partnering practices among a racially diverse sample of men who use the Internet to engage in "bareback" sex with other men. The sample included 81 (73%) HIV-negative and 30 (27%) HIV-positive men who were recruited on Web sites where men seek other men to have bareback sex. Participants completed a semi-structured interview that included topics on their racial identification, their sexual experiences tied to race, and their experiences having sex with men of different racial groups. The findings suggested that a variety of race-based sexual stereotypes were used by participants. Sexual stereotyping appeared to directly and indirectly affect the sexual partnering decisions of participants. Sexual scripts may reinforce and facilitate race-based sexual stereotyping, and this behavior may structure sexual networks.

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19337934
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PMC2754596
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10.1080/00224490902846479
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