Bisexual men and body image

Shaun Filiault, Murray Drummond, Eric Anderson

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    Abstract

    Although the body images of straight and gay men have received extensive research attention, there has been little consideration of bisexual men's perceptions of body image. In this qualitative investigation of openly bisexual men from both the United Kingdom and Australia, men discuss their perceptions of body image, masculinity and sexuality. The findings show that the ideal body described resembles the mesomorphic body image suggested to be ideal by research into both gay and straight men's perspectives on body image. However, the participants differentiated between what they termed a 'masculine' body and a 'gay' body, with the latter being viewed as undesirable. Thus, concerning perceptions of the male body, the bisexual men in this study participate in the cultural conflation of masculinity and heterosexuality, illustrating a degree of internalised homonegativity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)191-200
    Number of pages10
    JournalPsychology and Sexuality
    Volume5
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

    Keywords

    • bisexuality
    • body image
    • men's health
    • qualitative methods

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