Preferred aspects of sexually explicit media among men who have sex with men: where do condoms fit in?

Dylan L. Galos, Derek J. Smolenski, Jeremy A. Grey, Alex Iantaffi, B. R.Simon Rosser

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Sexually explicit media (SEM) is viewed by many men who have sex with men (MSM) and is widely available via the Internet. Though research has investigated the link between SEM and sexual risk behaviour, little has been published about preferences for characteristics of SEM. In an Internet-based cross-sectional study, 1390 adult MSM completed an online survey about their preferences for nine characteristics of SEM and ranked them in order of importance. Respondents preferred free, Internet-based, anonymous SEM portraying behaviours they would do. Cost and looks were the most important characteristics of SEM to participants, while condom use and sexual behaviours themselves were least important. Results suggest that while participants may have preferences for specific behaviours and condom use, these are not the most salient characteristics of SEM to consumers when choosing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-165
Number of pages19
JournalPsychology and Sexuality
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Understanding the Effects of Web-based Media on Virtual Populations was funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health Center for Medical Health Research on AIDS [grant number 5R01MH087231].

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© 2013, © 2013 Taylor & Francis.


  • condom use
  • men who have sex with men
  • pornography
  • sexually explicit media


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