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"I'm queer": Andreas
Published 4/23/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
I chose to perform the queer experiment on my best friend and a male friend that I use to date. Out of the two, best friend had the most interesting response. Initially she began to act confused and shocked, and asked what I meant by statement. I avoided giving off any allusions to the word’s meaning, and simply told her that I sincerely meant that I was queer. Her response after this was to ask me if I knew her middle name. At first I was confused, and responded to her with her middle name. She told that she needed to know if I knew this information to make sure that my phone had not been hacked, and then asked me if I was making a confession about my sexuality. When I told my male friend that I was queer, he asked me to elaborate, and then immediately asked me if I... read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Andreas
Published 4/23/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Over Spring Break a close friend of mine invited me to attend a male friend’s birthday festivities with her. I had never met the friend and did not know anyone that would be in attendance besides her. However, I was intrigued when she mentioned that the festivities would end at a famous gentlemen’s club in Atlanta called Follies. I had been to gentlemen’s clubs with female friends, but never a group of males. Attending one with mostly men allowed me to focus in on the “ritual” of attending a gentlemen’s club. The ritual began with drinks, of course, at a sports bar. All the guest in attendance, especially the males guest, would casually mention the club in conversation, and make reference to the types of women that worked at the club and what they expected the women to do. One of the interesting things about Follies gentlemen’s club is that... read more ❯
"I'm queer": Michael
Published 4/23/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
My first encounter was with a friend that I’m going to refer to as “Mark,” it was a normal weekend and we had gone out drinking at the Downtown Pub. I sat down across the booth from him and started the conversation off with a comment along the lines of women being the Bain of all men. From there the conversation became about the freedom to do whatever you want with whomever you want. Then I told him that I had “decided to give this queer thing a try,” and from that point on things went downhill. Not only did he not believe me, he even started asking me to prove it in ways that extra credit doesn’t cover. In the end I finally told him the truth, although he never believed it, we did have a rather spirited conversation about human sexuality. The second encounter was with a friend I... read more ❯
"I'm queer": Danyon
Published 4/16/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
This past weekend I told my mom I was queer and the reaction was somewhat surprising, but not much. First, she asked me what the term “queer” even meant, noting that she had heard of it, but never really got a logical understanding of it. I gave her a few examples of what people associate queer with, including odd, weird, and added in gay. The word gay was all it took. She went into a little frenzy, asking me if I was really gay. I go on to tell her that I never said that I was gay, but that was what other people tend to associate the term with. She then goes on to state “Well, I know you’re not telling me you are weird, so what else do you want me to think? What made you turn gay?” I go on to tell her that she did exactly... read more ❯
"I'm queer": Reale
Published 4/16/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
I told my grandma that I was queer. The reaction I got was not what I expected at all. However in hindsight I understand her reaction. When I told her I was queer she merely laughed and said that she already know that about me. So went on to say that all of her grandchildren were at least a little bit queer , and that she herself had queer things about her. She said that the world is full of queer people and that is what helps to make the world around us so interesting. That there really is no such thing as normal and that we should all imbrace our queerness. While all this is going on I realized that the cultural differences on how the word queer is used today verses when my grandmother was growing up give if very different meanings.  So she didn't think I was... read more ❯
"I'm queer": Boba Fett
Published 4/16/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Queer activity For this activity, I told my boyfriend that I was queer. He gave me a compliment about my body; I gave him one too, and then he said jokingly: Him: “Yours is better” Me: “I don’t think so” Him: “Of course! You’re not a lesbian” When he said that, I remembered about the activity and thought this was the perfect opportunity to do it. Me: “I’m queer” Awkward moment of silence Him: “What?….I don’t believe that” Me: “Why not?” Him: “Because then you wouldn’t say no when I ask you if you want to have a threesome” We were talking about this for a while, I told him that being queer does not necessarily mean that I am homosexual, that for me being queer is being anywhere in between of completely heterosexual and completely homosexual. Saying I was queer definitely created conversation. When I said it, he immediately wanted me to explain what I meant, even though he thought that... read more ❯
Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Reale
Published 3/23/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Doing the t-shirt activity was very interesting because before going in I was unsure of what to expect. First I thought the t-shirts would smell awful, but in reality they were not that bad. While I was in the lab smelling them I felt that same consciences from the other girls in the room that the shirts didn’t smell that bad.  Also I thought the survey was interesting in the way that it asked questions about where we were in our menstrual cycle as well as what if any form of birth control we used.  I didn’t see these questions as being important at the time of the survey, however after the activity was over and the data was presented I found it very interesting. I was able to see that where in your cycle you were played somewhat of a role in how you rated the smell of the... read more ❯
Reale's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/23/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
While doing this activity I was very confused, and I believe many other students were as well. In the first part looking at the pictures of furniture and then at the faces of people and grading their attractiveness caused me to have some mixed emotions. I was thrown off by the furniture because I could not figure out what it had to do with how attractive the people were if anything at all. Then I felt bad judging the appearances of people I didn’t know because the pictures of them were not very flattering. None of them were smiling or even looked remotely thrilled. This is probably what led to my low scoring of each of them.  When we did the second part of the activity I was even more bothered, since we had to view so many disgusting images. After seeing the images I tried to give people similar... read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Chelsea
Published 3/22/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
The shift from childhood sexuality to adult sexuality happened for me when I was 15 years old. I was dating a guy who was a year older than me.  He was my first “real” boyfriend.  I thought I loved him…. Well I guess I did love him, but it was unrequited love.  His so-called best friend was a girl.  I trusted him to be around her because she was actually quite butch.  I thought I had absolutely nothing to worry about, because I thought she was a lesbian. I couldn’t have been more wrong.  He cheated on me with her. However, this wasn’t the type of cheating I was used to at that point in my life.  For me, cheating meant talking on the phone with another girl, sitting at lunch with another girl, or (this is the big one) kissing another girl.  He actually had sex with this girl…. I... read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Shelby
Published 3/21/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Almost my entire life I had never really thought of my sexuality. My high-strung, Christian parents had definitely NEVER discusses sex or sexuality with me. My private high school gave a small sex-ed talk, but most definitely was on the “abstinence bandwagon”. They did not publicly admit it, but any student could tell that the real theme of our talks was “do not have sex until marriage”. This all seemed great and fine when I dated throughout middle school and the first half of high school. My boyfriends were fun (some were serious) but none were extremely sexually based. We kissed - fondled maybe- but usually nothing more. This, I believe, was mainly due to their extremely strict Christian up-bringing. Their parents literally told us that “if we were alone for more than 5 minutes, only bad things would come” [no pun intended - ha]. But seriously, I was told... read more ❯

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