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Sexology-oriented activity: Jessica
Published 3/20/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
My junior year of high school I went on a band trip. I know what your thinking, I mean cooped up in a hot bus on a 10+ hour drive to the goal of sleeping in a hotel with a bunch of band nerds. The only prize being a trip to the beach as compensation for the hours of horrible jazz competition music having to be played by less than competent musicians. By far not your typical 16 year old girls dream vacation. However, the chance to get out of math class for a week and play tag along with the rest of my dance team was something I couldn't say no to. So there I was. At Orlando, Florida's Wet N Wild Waterpark. Days of boring band competition behind me and ready to hit some slides and float my ass in a lazy river for a few good hours.... read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Leia
Published 3/20/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
The Baptist church and my parents formed my childhood conception of sexuality.  I was taught from a very early age that sex was meant for marriage and that any kind of sexuality outside of marriage was extremely taboo.  My Sunday school teachers taught us about sex by comparing girls to a cup. By having sex, you would become a used and dirty cup, and no man would ever want a used dirty cup when he can have a new clean one.  My view of sexuality was transformed when I was exposed to other views about sexuality. A friend of mine who was having sex in high school explained to me that not having sex before marriage was an ancient concept much like many of the concepts in the Bible. My view of sexuality was also change when I did a foreign exchange in Germany my senior year of high school.... read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Lane
Published 3/20/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Realizing that my sexuality was prevalent in my daily life started with some of my friends talking about Playboy in 5th grade. We were all sitting at lunch and some friends were talking about their dad’s Playboy magazine they found and the pictures that were inside of it. I had never thought of a woman in the ways that they were describing her, naked. To me at that point, a girlfriend was making my friends who were girls happy when their friends told me that a girl in my class liked me. It was not until I went on the computer and searched “Playboy” that I really was thrown into the world I know now. I looked at the pictures online and I tried to understand why it was so appeasing but my friends and I could not figure it out. My parents got involved when our search history on... read more ❯
Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Lane
Published 3/20/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
The Sweaty T-Shirt activity was strange at first. I wondered why I had to basically sweat before I went to bed and wear an uncomfortable t-shirt. The jumping jacks did not have a huge strain on my nightly regiment, but did make me uncomfortable right before bed. Measuring my hands was strange. I thought they were testing the stereotype about having big hands and feet to male genital size somehow. When I came to realize that males have a special odor that we excrete that is sometimes pleasant to females, I understood the project a little better. The correlation between male symmetry and attractiveness was what the measurements were for. When the women smelled the shirts, their biology tells them that the males with the more symmetry are more attractive. This of course is dependent on their place in the menstrual cycles. If they were ovulating, their bodies would tell... read more ❯
Lane's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/20/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
In the Disgust Study, we took a look at pictures of different objects then looked and rated the attractiveness of people on slides. For me, I did not find any of the people truly attractive. I feel like it was the fact my prescription for Adderall was just kicking in and that makes me a bit grumpy. Another reason is I am naturally a slow wake upper, meaning I am slow to wake up fully and process information in front of me. The pictures of furniture made my mood a little bit easier because I could think about going back to bed. When the images of the diseases came up, I was initially shocked and disgusted. My immediate thoughts were of my father, who is a doctor, and if he has to look and treat these deformation’s in his profession. The pictures immediately changed my mood and made the people... read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Danny
Published 3/20/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
My childhood memories and thoughts when it comes to my sexual transition from childhood through puberty are quite vague, but I do remember a few things that did bring a change. One happened to be during early middle school, when I overheard some guys talking about themselves masturbating and ejaculating. I was not use to hearing anything sexual related talked about in pubic for one thing (or in private and personal conversation for that matter), but this also made me think about my own sexual awareness of my body and opened the idea of masturbation. Physiologically, I had not really hit the same stage as some of my school peers around me. It was not until I hit that puberty stage and also accidently found the adult movie channel that my sexual awareness kind of shifted. Basically, that was when I thought about what sex “was” (was being defined only... read more ❯
Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Danny
Published 3/20/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
The Sweaty T-shirt Experiment was conducted to find correlations between male body odors in regards to body symmetry and the effects varying female hormone levels have on the male odor (positive, negative, or neutral). As part of the male component of the study, we were asked to wear a pre-bought T-shirt and measure the length of our fingers (body symmetry factor).  We were required to sleep in the T-shirt for at least two nights—a total of 12 hours—and only shower 1 hour before we put it on.  While wearing the shirt we could not: drink, smoke, wear cologne, body spray, deodorant/antiperspirant, eat “smelly” foods, or have intercourse. Additionally we were asked to exercise a little, helping some of our scent stay on the shirt. Once finished, we put the shirt in a plastic bag and returned back for the second part of the experiment for the female participants. read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Jesscia
Published 3/20/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
The Freedom of Birth lecture was actually very compelling. Part of me wants to get pregnant just to have it at home and fight the system! (Just kidding…sort of). The video and speech really did change the way I think about a lot of things—doctors, pregnancy, birth, drugs, etc. First off, I had no idea such a war is being fought against female autonomy. The fact that midwifery is illegal is mind blowing to me. Who decided to outlaw it? I feel like that’s on a par with making running illegal, because it’s bad for your knees and screw it, we have cars now anyway. It all goes back to the almighty dollar. Healthy, natural practices cannot be taxed in the same way technical/surgical procedures can be. Every last bill that gets passed is only done so because someone else is getting rich, and that is truly disgusting. If science upheld the... read more ❯
Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Jessica
Published 3/20/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
The smelly t-shirt activity was interesting. I had missed class the day instructions were given so all I knew was to go to the arch lab. I show up and about 16 shirts are laid out for me in bags, spread out across a big lab table. I am asked to stick my nose in each one and take a whiff. Obviously, knowing the hygienic habits of most of my male counterparts, I cringed at the thought. The shirts didn’t smell quite as awful as I thought they would. Well, a few did, but for the most part I couldn’t smell much. Maybe my nose sucks, or maybe half of them had no smell. Some smelled like soap to me, but then others smelled like rancid gym socks. A couple shirts stood out to me, as they didn’t smell like soap and they didn’t smell disgusting. They smelled like man—oddly similar... read more ❯
ALLELE Lecture: Kimberly
Published 3/19/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
On Friday, February 28th I attended the lecture by Paul Bingham and Joanne Souza, authors of Death from a Distance and the Birth of a Humane Universe.  This lecture was all new and different, as I have never even thought much about the evolutionary study of man.  I was very interested in the Social Coercion theory.  I had never considered this as a “social revolution” but it makes perfect sense.  If people were not somehow encouraged to work together and abide by cultural norms, then living in large groups would be impossible.  I had never considered the idea that the body was not previously able to throw and that this action of elite throwing was a milestone in human social development.  I had never thought of remote killing as necessary for hunting or coercion.  The portion of the lecture on species typical behavior was enlightening.  I was amazed at the... read more ❯

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