The Trouble With “MSM” and “WSW”: Erasure of the Sexual-Minority Person in Public Health Discourse

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The Trouble With “MSM” and “WSW”: Erasure of the Sexual-Minority Person in Public Health Discourse

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Men who have sex with men (MSM) and women who have sex with women (WSW) are purportedly neutral terms commonly used in public health discourse. However, they are problematic because they obscure social dimensions of sexuality; undermine the self-labeling of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people; and do not sufficiently describe variations in sexual behavior.

Author: Rebecca M. Young PhD, Ilan H. Meyer PhD Source: American Public Health Association Website: http://www.apha.org Journal: American Journal of Public Health Journal Details: Vol: 95 Issue: 7, pages 1144 - 1149 Origin Country: United States Publish Date: 2005 Publication City: Washington, DC Languages: .Resource Type: , .Resource Topics: , , .Target Audiences: , . Last Modified: 2009-08-10

Rebecca Young is with the Department of Women’s Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY. Ilan H. Meyer is with the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Correspondence: Requests for reprints should be sent to Ilan H. Meyer, PhD, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, 722 W 168th St, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10032 (e-mail: im15@columbia.edu).

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