Background: Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men MSM regularly experience homophobic discrimination and stigma. While some research has examined intragroup stigma, this research has focused mostly on HIV-related stigma. Intragroup stigma may have a unique influence on sexual risk-taking behaviors as it occurs between sexual partners.
Online sexual networking venues provide a unique opportunity to examine this type of stigma. Objective: The purpose of this study is to examine the presence and patterns of various types of intragroup stigma represented in Men Seeking Men Craigslist sex. Two of data were collected: self-reported characteristics of the authors and reported biases in the.
Chi-square tests were used to examine patterns of biases across cities and author characteristics. : Biases were rarely reported in the. The most commonly reported biases were against men who were not "disease and drug free DDF ," representing stigma against men living with HIV or a sexually transmitted infection. Patterns in bias reporting occurred across cities and author characteristics. There were no variations based on race, but ageism mostly against older men varied based on the ad author's age and self-reported DDF status; bias against feminine gender expression varied based on self-reported sexual orientation; bias against "fat" men varied by self-reported DDF status; bias against "ugly" men varied by a self-report of being good-looking; and bias against people who do not have a DDF status varied based on self-reported HIV status and self-reported DDF status.
Conclusions: Despite an overall low reporting of biases inthese findings suggest that there is Craigslist sex Ann Arbor m4m need to address intragroup stigma within MSM communities.
The representation of biases and intragroup stigma on Craigslist may result from internalized stigma among MSM while also perpetuating further internalization of stigma for men who read the sex. Understanding patterns in the perpetuation of intragroup stigma can help to better target messages aimed at making cultural and behavioral shifts in the perpetration of intragroup stigma within MSM communities. Keywords: stigma, online, MSM, Craigslist, sex .
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