New “Response” published in Sexualities

I have a new publication in the journal, Sexualities. This takes the form of a “Response” to an article by Sarah Diefendorf and Tristan Bridges. The argument in the original article was that a methodological paradox exists in research on men and masculinities — that decreased homophobia demonstrated in quantitative research is not evident in qualitative research. I profoundly disagree with the arguments in the article because: 1) such a result is not a paradox but an effect of different sampling strategies; 2) the supposed result only occurs by a systematic exclusion of publications the authors disagreed with, including from sexual minorities, women and people of colour; and 3) this speaks to a broader issue about “critical” theory trumping systematic methods in some masculinities research; including from one of the Editors of Men and Masculinities.

My response is available here, and I provide a discussion of inclusive masculinity theory because it was so mis-represented in the original article. Diefendorf and Bridges appropriately used their right to reply. I remain surprised the original article passed peer review and was not retracted after the issues were raised, but I am grateful to the Editors for enabling the academic debate–which has to be central to the role of academic journals.

Independent Voices article on Age Verification and BBFC report

The BBFC published a report about young adults’ porn consumption and parental perceptions of porn. The report is not available publicly, but has been reported in the media and copies are provided on request. The report as many issues – for example, referring to people aged 16-18 as children and equating kinky sex and/or BDSM as violence – but in this piece I focus on the problems of this approach to pornography and the failures of sex education.

My piece, with links to the information mentioned above, is available here. 

5 Live Drive

I appeared as a discussant about new porn verification laws scheduled to come into effect on July 15th, 2019, on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive – at 2 hours 45 minutes into the show:

The Puzzle of Sexual Orientation

The leading journal Archives of Sexual Behavior has a special section in its new issue, The Puzzle of Sexual Orientation. I am delighted to be a co-author on an article with Prof. Ritch Savin-Williams and others that provides evidence for “mostly gay” as a sexual orientation category. I have further research with Prof. Savin-Williams on this issue currently under review. The current article, Gay, Mostly Gay, or Bisexual Leaning Gay?, is available here.

Gay, Mostly Gay, or Bisexual Leaning Gay? An Exploratory Study Distinguishing Gay Sexual Orientations Among Young Men

Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Brian M. Cash, Mark McCormack, and Gerulf Rieger

This exploratory study assessed physiological, behavioral, and self-report measures of sexual and romantic indicators of sexual orientation identities among young men (mean age = 21.9 years) with predominant same-sex sexual and romantic interests: those who described themselves as bisexual leaning gay (n = 11), mostly gay (n = 17), and gay (n = 47). Although they were not significantly distinguishable based on physiological (pupil dilation) responses to nude stimuli, on behavioral and self-report measures a descending linear trend toward the less preferred sex (female) was significant regarding sexual attraction, fantasy, genital contact, infatuation, romantic relationship, sex appeal, and gazing time to the porn stimuli. Results supported a continuum of sexuality with distinct subgroups only for the self-report measure of sexual attraction. The other behavioral and self-report measures followed the same trend but did not significantly differ between the bisexual leaning gay and mostly gay groups, likely the result of small sample size. Results suggest that romantic indicators are as good as sexual measures in assessing sexual orientation and that a succession of logically following groups from bisexual leaning gay, mostly gay, to gay. Whether these three groups are discrete or overlapping needs further research.

Homophobia in Sport Inquiry, DCMS

Today, I am giving evidence to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport for their inquiry into Homophobia in Sport. I will be giving evidence on broader issues of homophobia in contemporary society and among young people, including education and sport. You can read the notes I submitted to the inquiry in advance of my oral evidence, here.


I have undertaken independent research funded by Durex on technology and seCondom Emojix, and safe sex education. This more recent study has been used as part of the campaign for a condom emoji, which I support. See more about the campaign from Durex, here.

New Research Report on Condom Use and Sexual Health

My research funded by Durex examines how young people discuss safe sex, their use of condoms and the potential for a condom emoji. The full report can be accessed here.

Condom Emoji

Talk at Center for Men and Masculinities, SUNY Stonybrook – Manhattan

My talk is titled ‘Those cuddling Brits: Spooning, intimacy and the transformation of masculinity’. Details on the attached flyer.

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Hey Bro, Let’s Cuddle

My new post on Playboy, about men cuddling

Maybe ‘that’s so gay’ isn’t homophobic anymore

In my new Conversation post, I develop my arguments about the meanings and effects of the phrase “that’s so gay” by discussing current research about how young gay men hear the phrase.