Several authors have tried to explain barebacking
from different methodological designs, population, and theoretical approaches.
Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking
. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Etymologically, the term barebacking
comes from the world of horse riding, specifically the rodeo circuit, where it means to ride without a saddle.
Bareback sex emblematizes sexual freedom and an "outlook on sexual life that, in important ways, has long shaped and animated gay male sexuality as thought and practice." (3) In short, barebacking
is a sexual identity that communicates uniquely significant sexual, personal, and political ideas.
It has been noted by the commentators on barebacking
such as Shernoff, Dean, Halkitis, Wilton and Drescher, that the pursuit of erotic pleasure defines the subculture, it defines a collective entity rather than defining mere individuals.
"It was an incredible thrill": The social meanings and dynamics of younger gay men's experiences of barebacking
Um aspecto, portanto, mostra-se central para a discussao: no barebacking
tem ocorrido a valorizacao de uma experiencia corporal, sensorial, que se concretiza a partir de um contato mais intenso com o outro (Silva, 2008; Shernoff, 2005; Halkitis, Parsons, Wilton, 2003; Mansergh et al., 2002), um prazer excedente que surge pela expansao e transgressao das fronteiras e limites do proprio corpo (5).
Atualmente, a pratica do barebacking
parece extrapolar as nuances de sua versao mais popular conhecida como bug chasing, quando um homem HIV negativo procura deliberadamente um homem HIV positivo para ser infectado.
Some authors state that barebacking
is more likely to occur in certain specific settings, gay bathhouses being targeted most often.
The book begins with an excellent epidemiological overview and a thought-provoking exploration of the meaning of barebacking
as a behavior and as an identity for gay men.
only referred to men who intentionally engaged in UAI, distinct from men who had UAI that occurred from poor planning or accidents (Gauthier & Forsyth, 1999).
The connection between drug use, particularly crystal meth, and barebacking
has been clearly demonstrated.