The Open UniversitySkip to content

Responses from the Lesbian & Gay Psychology Section to Crossley's 'Making sense of 'barebacking''

Barker, Meg; Hagger-Johnson, Gareth; Hegarty, Peter; Hutchison, Craig and Riggs, Damien W. (2007). Responses from the Lesbian & Gay Psychology Section to Crossley's 'Making sense of 'barebacking''. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46(3) pp. 667–677.

Full text available as:
PDF (Not Set) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (109kB)
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


The aim of the present paper is to summarise key responses to Crossley's (2004) article, 'Making sense of barebacking: gay men's narratives, unsafe sex and the 'resistance habitus' (BJSP, 43, 225-244) from members of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Lesbian & Gay Psychology Section. These responses are assembled into four main themes: (1) Terminology, including descriptions of sexual behaviour in ways that are inaccurate and pejorative, (2) Representations that endorse culturally dominant stereotypes of gay men as hedonistic, promiscuous, morally irresponsible and interested in sex rather than relationships, (3) Methodology, particularly the use of autobiographical and fictional accounts as reliable sources of data about HIV risk, (4) Ethics, especially the infringement of the dignity of participants in research. We welcome attempts to address the continuing problems of HIV/AIDS but recommend that authors and editors enter into dialogue with colleagues who are members of sexual minority communities as part of the research process.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0144-6665
Keywords: Barebacking; gay men; condom use; health promotion and education; promiscuity; resistance; risky health practices; transgression; unsafe sex;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 17252
Depositing User: Users 8877 not found.
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2009 08:55
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 20:07
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU