Monogamous Halo Effects: The Stigma of Non-Monogamy within Collective Sex Environments
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The assessment and curtailment of sexual risk, with an eye toward reduction of sexual disease, is a worthy endeavor, and the pathways for achieving this goal are not always clear. We commend those who research these topics and implement policies based on the best research available to keep the public healthy.
Frank (2018) elucidates the ways in which collective sex environments are maligned, and argues that the unilateral condemnation of these environments is facile. We concur with her assessment. In this Commentary, we extend her analysis to identify the ways in which stigma about non-monogamy influences both the public’s perceptions of, and public health officials’ messages about, sex in general and STDs specifically. Moreover, as Frank’s target article demonstrates, people who direct scholarship and make public health recommendations about risk are themselves embedded in a culture that stigmatizes sexuality (Banaji & Greenwald, 2013). We discuss how they are subject to the biases...
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