Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 41–45 | Cite as

Collective Sex in Public: Where Is the Observer?

  • Alain GiamiEmail author

Frank’s (2018) target article deals with sexual practices that developed in Western countries during the 1960s sexual revolutions (Hekma & Giami, 2014), as well as health interventions targeting those practices that developed later with the onset of the HIV-AIDS epidemic (Binson, Pollack, Blairb, & Woods, 2010). Her article examines group sex, sex in public, the exchange of partners, BDSM parties, and “wife swapping,” all of which involve “collective sex environments.” These “collective sex environments” are intended to promote voluntary sexual and erotic practices held in public. They may occur in commercial venues or in private houses where some people organize meetings promoting sex in groups (orgies) or simply the exchange of partners. Frank describes, with great ethnographic precision, the diverse forms that collective sex can take. She also demonstrates how research on this phenomenon has been promoted and funded in the context of public health concerns, including STIs and HIV...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Inserm, CESP Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, “Team Gender, Sexuality and Health”VillejuifFrance

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