Christopher’s Human Ethology Assignment

I went to the bar Jupiter on the strip for this assignment. In my first study, I
observed a young male in a red shirt. He was smoking with a group of people at a table
and dancing pretty wildly. He was the guy lighting everyones cigarettes, including the
girl next to him. He seemed to want a hook up, but I couldnʼt tell how far he was going to
pursue it. The girl next to him might have been his girlfriend. On the second case study,
I observed four groups. Two of them were just a group of guys talking. They didnʼt
mingle with any others, and seemed to be dressed the same in jockey athletic clothing.
Another group of guys at the bar also had one drunk guy dancing pretty wildly. There
were a few girls sitting by themselves at the bar, looking like they were ready to get
picked up. The only table I saw that had girls and guys besides the first case study was
another table where guys and girls were smoking together. People seemed to be pretty
distant. The group size wasnʼt too big, and girls and guys werenʼt mingling as much. The
girls were giving off vibes, like at the bars waiting and a few touching guys they probably
knew on the back, but other than that there was no overt sexual energy between the
people in this bar.

Author: Johnna Dominguez

Johnna Dominguez earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural Studies and Body Politics from the University of Alabama's New College in May 2011. In her senior thesis, Johnna explored the embodiment of identity through sexuality and sports by observing and studying Alabama football fans and participants in the local burlesque troupe, the Pink Box Burlesque. In her Master's thesis, she is investigating the psychological and physical stresses associated with southern women who get tattoos. After completing her Master's in Anthropology, she hopes to return to school for a Master's in Public Health.

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