Response to Commentaries
I appreciate the Commentaries on my Target Article, “Rethinking Risk, Culture, and Intervention in Collective Sex Environments.” As my narrative overview of research on HIV/STI risk and collective sexual behavior was meant to promote conversation and suggest new lines of inquiry across disciplinary and theoretical paradigms, it was inspiring to read Commentaries that took that challenge seriously.
In the spirit of continuing the discussion, my response here will not address every issue raised in the Commentaries, but instead examine three interrelated issues emerging regarding collective sex environments—transgression and group dynamics, the appropriateness of interventions, and researcher positionality and reflexivity—as an opportunity to clarify certain points and look toward the future.
Collective Sex as Transgressive Group Behavior
In Frank (2013), I defined group sex as erotic or sexual activity that implicates more than two people and consists of various possible configurations...
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