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Dr. Ryan Scoats - Birmingham City University. Birmingham, , GB

Dr. Ryan Scoats Dr. Ryan Scoats

Research Assistant | Birmingham City University


Dr. Ryan Scoats is an expert in the areas of masculinities, sports cultures, sexualities, identity, and consensual non-monogamy.


Ryan Scoats gained his BA (Hons) and Masters of Research from the University of Bath, and his PhD from the University of Winchester, studying under Professor Eric Anderson. He has previously been a lecturer in Sports Sociology at both Wolverhampton and Winchester Universities, and is currently a researcher at Birmingham City University in the faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. Much of his work focuses on people’s experiences of multi-sex threesomes and has been featured in a variety of media outlets including: The Independent, The Metro, and the Mail Online. Some of his other research interests include masculinities, sports cultures, sexualities, identity, and consensual non-monogamy.


Areas of Expertise (5)

Consensual Non-Monogamy

Sexual Behaviours




Education (3)

University of Winchester: Ph.D.

University of Bath: M.A.

University of Bath: B.A.

Selected Media Appearances (4)

What a Man Who Did a PhD in Threesomes Learned About Sex

The Independent  online


Dr Ryan Scoats, who works at Birmingham City University, was inspired to investigate threesomes by his own three-way experiences because he wanted to understand other people’s perspectives. “I was surprised by how little threesomes were talked about in academic literature considering the wealth of literature on things like anal sex, swinging, open relationships,” he told The Independent. "Being that a PhD should be about expanding knowledge and understanding I felt that the topic of threesomes gave me the greatest scope to do this"...

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We Talked to a Doctor of Threesomes About How to Have a Perfect Threesome

Metro  online


There is an actual real life doctor of threesomes. His name is Dr Ryan Scoats, and he did an actual real life PhD in threesomes. So, how did that come about? Dr Ryan told Metro.co.uk: ‘After having had threesomes myself, I wondered how other people experienced them. ‘So, I went to look at the literature and there wasn’t really anything out there, and what there was was lumped in with polyamory and swinging. ‘There was nothing out there about people who only have threesomes. I felt that given a PhD is meant to expand human knowledge and fill gaps in that knowledge, that it would be suitable and good avenue to pursue...

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This Man Got a PhD in Threesomes

Broadly  online


Social scientists have a way of digging into just about every corner of social and sexual life. And Ryan Scoats, a researcher at Birmingham City University, has a very specific niche. Years ago, Scoats and his then-girlfriend developed a friends-with-benefits-type relationship with another woman. Curious, Scoats went looking for academic studies about him and his ex-partner's new relationship coupling. He didn't find much, and what research did exist about threesomes often lumped them in with polyamory and swinging. But this didn't reflect his own experiences—he wasn't in an open relationship and didn't consider himself a swinger.

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A Guy With A Ph.D. In Threesomes Explains How To Have Them Ethically

Ask Men  online

Science has studied all kinds things sex-related, from orgasms to sexuality to fetishes, but surprisingly there hasn't been much research into the topic of threesomes. So, Ryan Scoats, a researcher at Birmingham City University, thought he'd change that and do his Ph.D. research on threesomes...

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Selected Articles (4)

Young Men’s Friendships: Inclusive Masculinities in a Post-University Setting

Journal of Gender Studies

2017 When Eric Anderson published inclusive masculinity theory (IMT), it was largely situated in relationships he observed with first-year undergraduate students. Here, he noticed a striking difference in behaviours and attitudes between the adolescent heterosexual men in the United States, compared to those in the UK. Since IMT’s inception, there has been a great deal of further enquiry into the social lives of young heterosexual men in both of these nations. What is undertheorized, however, is whether the intense emotional and physical tactility of homosocial relationships described in this literature will occur with current and future generations. Nor do we know if men described as exhibiting inclusive masculinities at university continue to do so – and to what degree – as they enter the workplace and develop family ties. This research utilizes 10 semi-structured interviews with the same participants from Anderson’s initial studies, showing that they continue to strive for the same emotional intimacy with male friends that they achieved during their time at university. Half also carried this behaviour into the friendships developed with other men since graduating from university. Thus, this research contributes to IMT as it offers preliminary analysis into the friendships of inclusive men, after their time at university.

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‘I Don’t Mind Watching Him Cum’: Heterosexual Men, Threesomes, and the Erosion of the One-Time Rule of Homosexuality


2017 In this qualitative research, conducted on 30 gay-friendly, heterosexual, undergraduate men, we examine actual and hypothetical experiences of sexual threesomes, both with two women and one man (FFM), and two men and one woman (MMF). We show a cultural willingness for heterosexual men to engage in not only FFM threesomes, but also MMF threesomes. A year and a half into their university experience, seven of our participants had had at least one FFM threesome, and five of our participants had had at least one MMF threesome. We argue that this threesome experience is a component of cultural progression toward a more liberal, recreational culture of sexuality that encourages play and experimentation instead of a procreative model of sexuality. Thus, this research contributes to the growing body of literature showing that the cultural boundaries of heterosexuality are rapidly expanding for males, permitting more same-sex sexual contact without triggering the one-time-rule of homosexuality.

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Constructing Masculinities in the National Rugby League's Footy Show

Sociological Research Online

2016 The research uses discourse analysis, and inclusive masculinity theory, in order to explore and explain the construction of esteemed and subjugated masculinities within the context of Australia's National Rugby League's (NRL) Footy Show. Results suggest that despite previous research on NRL players which finds inclusive masculinities dominate, this television show instead attempts to construct orthodox versions of masculinity. We suggest that the Footy Show thus operates in something of a liminal state, attempting to portray and construct orthodox masculinities against social trends of inclusive masculinities.

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Inclusive Masculinity and Facebook Photographs Among Early Emerging Adults at a British University

Journal of Adolescent Research

2015 Central to debates about the construction of masculinity in sociology is the influence of culture and what constitutes acceptable displays of masculinity. This article adopts a novel approach in examining this question. It adopts a summative content analysis, combined with a semiotic analysis, of 1,100 Facebook photographs, in order to explore the underlying meanings within the photos and the performances of masculinity. Facebook photographs from 44, straight, White, male, early emerging adults attending the same university are used as a representation of an individual’s ideal self. These are then analyzed in order to determine the behaviors endorsed by peer culture. It was found that the sample overwhelmingly adopted inclusive behaviors (including homosocial tactility, dancing, and kissing each other), and inclusive masculinity theory was utilized to contextualize participants’ constructions of masculinity. Thus, this research shows that emerging adult males at this university construct their masculine identities away from previous orthodox archetypes. It is argued that the reducing importance of gendered behavior patterns may represent an adoption of what are perceived as wider cultural norms and act as a symbol of adulthood to these early emerging adults.

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