Bringing together theory and public health practice, this interdisciplinary collection analyses three forms of nonconventional or radical sexualities: bareback sex, BDSM practices, and public sex. Drawing together the latest empirical research from Brazil, Canada, Spain, and the USA, it mobilizes queer theory and poststructuralism, engaging the work of theorists such as Bataille, Butler, Deleuze and Guattari, and Foucault, among others. While the collection contributes to current research in gender and sexuality studies, it does so distinctly in the context of empirical investigations and discourses on critical public health. Radical Sex Between Men: Assembling Desiring-Machines will be of interest to advanced undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and researchers in gender and sexuality studies, sexology, social work, anthropology, and sociology, as well as practitioners in nursing, medicine, allied health professions, and psychology.

chapter |22 pages


RadSex in theory and in practice
ByStuart J. Murray, Dave Holmes, Thomas Foth

part I|68 pages

Bareback sex

chapter 1|15 pages


A critical discourse analysis of barebacking rhetoric
ByDave Holmes, Chad Hammond, Mathieu Mercier

chapter 2|21 pages

Mediated intimacies

Raw sex, Truvada, and the politics of chemoprophylaxis
ByTim Dean

chapter 3|12 pages

“Not only macho-fuckers are barebackers”

Challenging gender relations among men who have sex with men
ByAngel Gasch

chapter 4|18 pages

The anatomy of a forbidden desire

Men, penetration, and semen exchange
ByDave Holmes, Dan Warner

part II|60 pages

BDSM practices

chapter 5|24 pages

BDSM, sexual subcultures, and the ethics of public health discourse

ByDave Holmes, Stuart J. Murray, Natasha Knack, Mathieu Mercier, J. Paul Fedoroff

chapter 6|25 pages

Degenitalizing the sexual

BDSM practices and the deterritorialization of bodies and pleasures
ByDave Holmes, Stuart J. Murray, Natasha Knack, Mathieu Mercier, J. Paul Fedoroff

chapter 7|9 pages

Fucking with fluids and wet with desire

Power and humiliation using cum, piss, and blood
ByJeremy N. Thomas, DJ Williams

part III|63 pages

Public sex

chapter 8|24 pages

Transgressive assemblages

An ethnography of gay group sex
ByDave Holmes, Patrick O’Byrne, Stuart J. Murray, Chad Hammond, Mathieu Mercier

chapter 9|13 pages

Faceless sex

Glory holes and sexual assemblages
ByDave Holmes, Patrick O’Byrne, Stuart J. Murray

chapter 10|13 pages

Profiling public sex

How Grindr revolutionized the face of gay cruising
ByMatthew Numer, Dave Holmes, Phillip Joy, Ryan Thompson

chapter 11|11 pages

Secret desires

Contemporary Brazilian masculinities in the era of network relations
ByRichard Miskolci, Larissa Pelucio, Luiz Felipe Zago