I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Middlesex (this is me: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/staff-directory/neville-lucy - you will find an overview of my qualifications, research interests and links to previous open-access research reports).
I am currently carrying out an academic study into women's involvement in sexually explicit m/m media, and am interested in the opinions of gay men on this topic. I would really appreciate it if you could take the time to complete the below survey. If you have any questions please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The questionnaire should take no more 10 minutes to complete.
Further information about the aims and purpose of the questionnaire is included below (or else you can scroll down to start the questionnaire).
*What's the research for?*
The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of how men who have sex with men feel about women’s use of m/m pornography and erotica. It is part of a wider study that examines what appeals to women about (male) homosexual erotica, and how this sits within their wider thoughts and feelings around romance writing, erotica, pornography, gender and sexuality. I see this very much as an exploratory piece of research, and have no expectations per se as to what I might 'find', I am just very interested in hearing about the diversity of experiences people have had.
*Who is the questionnaire for?*
The questionnaire is open for men who themselves use porn or erotica in some way. The purpose is not to ascertain anything about your porn use as such, but if you don’t use porn yourself it would be difficult for you to answer a number of the questions!
This survey is specifically interested in looking at men’s responses to women’s consumption of m/m pornography and erotica. As such it is only open to those who identify as men, and who are also sexually attracted to men.
Due to issues around consent, the questionnaire is only open to those aged 18 and over.
*What will you do with the data?*
For your protection, I have sought and obtained ethical approval for this study from the Research Ethics Committee of the University of Middlesex, and in accordance with the recommendations of the British Sociological Association. All research (and data collected from it) will be conducted according to the University's ethical guidelines (http://www.mdx.ac.uk/Assets/ethics_framework.pdf) and the British Sociological Association statement of ethical best practice (http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/27107/StatementofEthicalPractice.pdf). All data is untraceable back to you, will be stored securely (on a password protected computer), and will be treated as anonymous. Only I will have access to the full dataset. Nothing you say will be attributed back to you personally.
I will make all aggregate data available to participants who would like to access it once analysis is complete. If you have any feedback on any of the findings, please don't hesitate to get in touch - a lot of my previous research within social sciences has adopted an 'action research' philosophy (where participants are actively involved in how data are used and interpreted to form a community of best practice), and as such I welcome opinions, feedback (and constructive criticism) that can help me to design better research going forward, and get the richest interpretations from the findings themselves. As an academic, I also see this as a really fantastic opportunity for me to receive informed feedback on my work before sending it off for peer-review!
If you would like to be involved in a further discussion about any of the issues raised by this questionnaire, please email me (email@example.com).
*Filling in the questionnaire*
If you are at all uncomfortable with any of the questions, please don’t feel under any obligation to answer them – just leave them blank. Any data you provide is useful, so please don't feel that you need to answer all the questions if you don't want to.
I've constructed the questionnaire to enable participants to give lengthy responses if they want to, as my experience in sexualities research indicates that a lot of us have a great deal to say. However, if you don't want to provide additional information (or are in a rush!) please don't feel obligated to give lengthy text box answers.
The questionnaire should take 10 minutes to complete, depending on the length of your answers.
If you have any further questions about the research, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your time.