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This Professor Got His PhD By Studying Threesomes, and Here’s What He Learned

The recent film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women purports to show Wonder Woman comic book creator William Moulton Marston, his wife and the third woman involved in their closed BDSM-tinged polyamorous triad, but Marston’s granddaughter has since denounced the film as “entirely fictional,” stating the two women in the film were never sexually involved in real life, and the idea of a threesome between them was fabricated.

While Professor Marston director Angela Robinson admits the film is merely her “interpretation” of Marston’s story, we recently came across the story of Ryan Scoats, another true-to-life professor who actually got his PhD in threesomes using his own real-life throuple as a starting point.

A few years ago, Scoats began researching threesomes when he and his then-girlfriend entered a “friends with benefits” relationship with another woman. He found a dearth of such research, and what little existed equated threesomes with open relationships, polyamory and swinging (partner swapping with other couples), none of which matched how he saw his own threesome relationship.

 

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A few years ago, Scoats began to research the threesome when he and his then-girlfriend entered a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship with another woman. Scoats found a dearth of research, and what little existed equated threesomes in with open relationships, polyamory and swinging (partner swapping with other couples).

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Scoats devoted his academic career to the threesome, interviewing and surveying people who had been in threesomes throughout North America and the U.K. His research eventually earned him a PhD.

Although he admittedly mostly studied “middle-class white college students,” he made a few interesting discoveries. Foremost, he found that men try to arrange threesomes more often than women — he cited a Canadian study stating 24% of men have had a mixed-gender threesome, compared to just 8% of women.

Research suggests this is because popular media depicts threesomes through “the male gaze” (that is, for male voyeuristic pleasure), typically showing threesomes that involve two females and a single male (MFF) rather than two males and a female (MMF).

He also found that women in threesomes report experiencing more pleasure if the two men in a throuple get sexually involved with one another.

“In the past it would have been more stigmatized for men to have MMF threesomes,” Scoats said. “But [the men he interviewed] did seem comfortable telling at least their friends that they’d had an MMF threesome. I think because of the reduction of homophobia in general within society, this allows men to have these kinds of threesomes with no fear about what others are going to think of them for it.”

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Despite some men being more open-minded than others, Scoats found that some men in MMF threesomes were more interested in bonding with a male friend rather than sleeping with him.

“Men are more likely to have an MMF threesome if it’s with someone that they know well, with someone that’s a good friend. If it’s not a good friend, it reduces the chances of that happening,” he says.

 

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