Hooking Up Healthy

Casual sex gets a bad rep. It is often accused of being harmful for your physical, mental, and relational health. But what does research really say about this topic, and are things really that simple? Perhaps not all casual sex encounters are equally harmful (or beneficial) and not all people are equally sensitive to these harmful (or beneficial) effects. In this evidence-based workshop, you will learn whether you’re the right kind of person to engage in casual sex, and, if you decide to engage in it, how to do it in a way that will keep you mentally and physically healthy.

“Mostly Heterosexual”: A New Sexual Orientation Category

The largest sexual minority group is not gays, lesbians, or bisexuals. It’s the “mostly straights” – those with a slight degree of same-sex interests who are not exclusively straight, but not same-sex oriented ‘enough’ to consider themselves or to be considered by others as bisexual. Mostly straights are usually invisible and ignored. However, recent research shows that they form a unique sexual orientation group distinct from both exclusive heterosexuals and more substantial bisexuals in their sexual orientation profile, personality characteristics, life experiences, attitudes toward sexuality, and health outcomes and behaviors. In this session, we will summarize the research on mostly straights and discuss ways in which this new knowledge influences how we talk and think about sexual orientation in research, theory, practice, and our daily lives.

Beyond Monogamy: Making an Informed Decision

We live in a world that glorifies monogamy and vilifies non-monogamy. Yet many of us fail miserably in our attempts to remain completely sexually and emotionally monogamous with long-term partners, suggesting that some re-evaluation of our beliefs might be in order. Supported by recent social science research, this workshop will examine how much truth lies behind the stereotypes that monogamy is better (and non-monogamy is worse) for couples’ sexual satisfaction, prevention of STIs, relationship quality, raising children, and societal harmony.

Twitter for Academics

Many academics are skeptical of Twitter, fearing that it has no useful professional purpose. Yet, this social networking platform carries great potential for disseminating sex research to other academics in the field, academics in other fields, and the general public. It can also be extremely helpful for professional networking, starting collaborations, promotion of your own work (research, books, speaking engagements, or services), teaching classes, and staying up date with trends in your field. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Twitter for academic purposes, from creating an account to live-tweeting academic conferences.

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