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Sexology-oriented activity: Alejandra
Published 3/19/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
For me, this transition occurred when I was 12 years old. I grew up and lived most of my life in Mexico, but when I was 10 years old, my family and I moved to Madrid, Spain. When I lived in Spain, all my friendships and activities were still very child-like. My friends and I would talk about school, sports, movies, etc; we rarely talked about boys or sex, and when we did, it was not a big deal. After two years in Madrid, we moved back to Mexico City and everything was different. I started going to a different school than the one I had gone to before I moved to Spain. Since I was in 7th grade, I went to a private escuela secundaria (Mexican equivalent to Middle school or Junior high). The majority of my classmates came from the same elementary school, but there were still many that... read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Luke
Published 3/18/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Growing up, the topic of sex was never uncomfortable. I was fortunate enough to have an open family who were all eager to educate me on whatever the topic of the week may have been. So, by the fifth or sixth grade when I began to experience sexualized thoughts, I was already fully comfortable and well-versed on the subject. Immediately, I became the go-to guy for sex advice for my friends; a lot of whom were already sexually active and a lot who were trying to become active. It was strange to me because we were all so young, but for some reason being a virgin was a sign of weakness if you were a young male in my community. So, for social survival, I lied about it. I remember that at the onset of puberty was glorious. I grew 5 inches in a year, my voice had gotten deeper, and... read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Danielle
Published 3/16/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
In class we talked about the trend of earlier menarche in industrialized societies. I was one of those girls who started her period when she was only 10 years old. In our society, getting your period indicates adolescence, yet I wasn’t even out of elementary school yet. I was still too young to need the sex talk, but by the time I had my first real boyfriend in 8th grade, I had been identifying myself as an adolescent for years. So, in 8th grade when girls start sending out naked pictures of themselves and you hear stories of couples having sex, I thought all couples did more than just kiss. I was smart enough not to give my virginity to a boy in 8th grade, but I did give him more of my firsts than appropriate for a young teenage girl in this culture. There is a harsh contrast between what... read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Heather
Published 3/14/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
I honestly don’t directly remember when my sexual transition from childhood to adulthood occurred. The knowledge about sex was just kind of present in my life, I don’t remember ever learning about it but I assume my aunt, who had a knack for answering every question I ever asked no matter what the topic, took me to the library and we looked it up and she gave responses to specific questions. I think within the African American community we have come to accept being hyper sexualized with examples through music and media of how sex is so important as a status marker, that it wasn’t odd when I heard stories of sexual acts from my male friends but I never really believed them and more so I never really acknowledged that I would be able to have sex or that I was old enough. The two instances I experienced that... read more ❯
ALLELE Lecture: Jay
Published 3/13/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
Paul Bingham and Joanne Souza visited us from Stony Brook University in New York where they are both professors. In the lecture they gave us an insight into their new book Death from a Distance and the Birth of a Humane Universe: Human Evolution, Behavior, History, and Your Future. The lecture primarily consisted of an explanation as to how the human species separated from our primate ancestors millions of years ago and they predicted how the human species will evolve in years to come. They went on to describe that the human evolution was not complicated but rather simple actually. Humans seperated from our primate ancestors using social cohesion and living in groups. They justified this by using research of throwing stones from humans that were millions of years old. This allowed humans to further separate ourselves as a species and coerce our dominance over others.They showed clips of a monkey... read more ❯
Sexology-oriented activity: Erica
Published 3/13/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
I also worked the Pink Box Burlesque Voodoo Nights show, which was on March 9 at the Bama Theater. This was the second show at Pink Box Burlesque that I worked. However, this was a brand new experience because this was the first show I worked at the Bama Theater. This meant that, unlike the Green Bar, I was not able to see the performance while it was occurring. However, I was still able to tell exactly what was going on in the acts based on the volume of the audiences’ cheers. For example, when one of the performers was doing a tease each article of clothing removed got a substantial amount of cheers that were “woo” based. However, the loudest cheer came from the audience when the performer removed her skirt and it was revealed that she was wearing a strap on. However, the cheers had more laughs than the... read more ❯
ALLELE Lecture: Erica
Published 3/13/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
I attended the extra credit lecture on February 29th at 3pm. This was a lecture that was more anthropologically based than the one in the previous night which was more of a general lecture. This lecture had a significant amount of emphasis in tools which can be found in the archaeological record. I thought it was a very interesting perspective that the way people use tools could be as advantageous as it was in evolution, according to Bingham and Souza. In addition, I thought that the fact that Souza and Bingham (One, a molecular biologist and the other a psychologist) worked together was very beneficial to their research. It allowed them to maximize the fecundity of their observations. As fecundity was one of the bases of their lecture, I thought that was very important. One of my favorite aspects of their lecture was the notion that the social sciences will one day... read more ❯
Heather's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/13/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
During the first part of the disgust study we were exposed to neutral stimulus, such as furniture, then asked to rate several males and female of various races based on their attractiveness. We were then asked various questions regarding our mood at the present time. During the second part of the study we were exposed to negative stimulus, such as rashes, infections and pusing limbs .As before we were asked to rate the same individuals on their attractiveness and about our present mood. I thought this was a really interested concept. I kind of thought exposing people to negative stimulus then having them rate someone’s attractiveness would always result in a negative attractiveness. So, I thought it was really interesting when the men, I think, rated the individuals higher after the disgust exposure then the neutral exposure. Maybe because they have a stronger stomach or possibly some evolutionary need to... read more ❯
Sweaty T-Shirt Experiment: Heather
Published 3/13/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
For the first part sweaty T- shirt activity males were given a standard white t-shirt and instructed to sleep in it for two consecutive nights, on one of the nights they were told to do a set of jumping jacks I am assuming to induce a stronger smell. After the two nights they were told to put the shirts in a standard zip lock bag and return it to class. For the second part of the study I was instructed to take a survey asking certain personal questions like how old I was and how many weeks I was in my cycle. I then went to Ro Jo and was directed by Lynn that I should open the different shirts on the table, smell them then rate them as having a positive smell, a negative, or no smell. When I asked why some of shirts had no smell Lynn informed... read more ❯
Katlyn's Reaction to the Disgust Study
Published 3/13/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author jlfunkhouser
The disgust study was an interesting experience. Until the end of the study, I really had no idea what the purpose of the study was. First, we were just looking at random furniture, and then we were rating people’s attractiveness. The gross medical condition pictures and the questions about stress level gave me a little hint, but I wasn’t sure what the theory behind the experiment was exactly. My answers probably weren't very helpful to the study. Even though I can objectively tell if other people are attractive, the survey asked how attracted I was to the person in the picture. To me, those are two different questions. I scored all the women low because even though I could tell if they are considered attractive or not, I was not personally attracted to them. The men in the pictures happened to not really be my type, and so even though other people might... read more ❯

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