The Importance of Studying Consent and Consent Violations in Collective Sex Environments
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Frank (2018) has provided a thorough and thought-provoking review of the recent literature on collective sex environments as it pertains to sexual health risks. Frank’s analysis is commendable and challenges the common stereotype that collective sex environments are inherently risky, while also highlighting how specific environmental features have the potential to increase or decrease risk. In addition, this review calls attention to the numerous challenges faced by those who seek to implement safer-sex interventions in these environments, from individual factors (e.g., conscious risk-taking) to features of the setting (e.g., gatekeeping), with the goal of encouraging researchers to consider novel approaches.
This important and comprehensive review is worthwhile for many reasons, not the least of which is that it establishes an ambitious agenda for future research on collective sex. That said, there were a few areas in Frank’s (2018) review that were touched on a bit too briefly that...
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