Race-based sexual stereotyping and sexual partnering among men who use the internet to identify other men for bareback sex

J Sex Res. Sep-Oct 2009;46(5):399-413. doi: 10.1080/00224490902846479.


This qualitative study used sexual scripting theory to explore sexual stereotyping and sexual partnering practices among a racially diverse sample of men who use the Internet to engage in "bareback" sex with other men. The sample included 81 (73%) HIV-negative and 30 (27%) HIV-positive men who were recruited on Web sites where men seek other men to have bareback sex. Participants completed a semi-structured interview that included topics on their racial identification, their sexual experiences tied to race, and their experiences having sex with men of different racial groups. The findings suggested that a variety of race-based sexual stereotypes were used by participants. Sexual stereotyping appeared to directly and indirectly affect the sexual partnering decisions of participants. Sexual scripts may reinforce and facilitate race-based sexual stereotyping, and this behavior may structure sexual networks.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Continental Population Groups*
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexual Partners*
  • Stereotyping*