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Jessica's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/13/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
In order to observe some typical American mating behavior, I chose to sit at Hooters and watch countless advances of creepy old men. Hooters is a very American atmosphere, as it embodies much of our cultural heritage: hot wings, hot girls and cold beer. The inside of any Hooters is not very aesthetically pleasing (it looks to me like a teenage boys dream room, but with tables and chairs), but that’s ok; there are boobs and booties bouncing around in spandex. The food, also, is fair at best, but no one really goes there solely for the food. The majority of patrons are middle-aged men whose wives would most likely kill them in their sleep if they went to a strip club (exaggerated, but true). I chose a waitress named Lindsey to be my focal individual. She wore the normal Hooters uniform—white Hooters tank top, orange spandex shorts, tan tights, white... read more ❯
Andreas' Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Location: The Woodlands 1100 Hargrove Rd E  Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 Arrival Time: 11:37pm Setting: The open living space of the apartment where the party guest are located in extremely dimly lit. The lighting is so that only the dark figures of people can be made out, and guest must use the light from their cellphones to identify friends. The guest are composed of mostly college students, and few sorority and fraternity members. The atmosphere, outside of the loud music, is not very noisy. Most guess are casually chatting with friends or other guest. Focal Sampling: The subject is wearing a short fitted Aztec print dress and high heels. She is walking to the punch bowl that assumedly contains and alcohol beverage. Subject is now drinking said beverage. A tall African American grabs the subjects hand and greets her, and she begins talking to the male. Subject begins to smile and laugh as the male talks, and... read more ❯
Kyle's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Focal I went to the research grounds on a busy Friday night with a friend. For my specimen I chose a Caucasian female with dark brown hair that I could watch over my friends shoulder. She was dressed in a green cocktail dress with high heels and a leather jacket. Her hair was down and her makeup was tastefully done. She was also out with a blonde friend, having a drink at the bar and chatting. This continued for about four minutes, until a male patron walked up and began chatting with the pair. Her reaction was relaxed, she seemed to know the man from some other meeting, possibly school. The subject's friend began to appear agitated about two minutes in, probably due to the fact that the male was focusing all his attention on the brunette. The male subject was sending signals such as putting his chest out and nodding... read more ❯
Shelby's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Date: 2/9/2013 Time: 8:06 PM (arrival) Location: Workplay Theatre (Birmingham, AL) 550 23rd Street S. Setting: very dark, smokey, crowded hipsters everywhere (flannel, PBR and thick rimmed glasses are abundant) older crowd (25 - baby boomers) locals - very talkative (not boisterous); everyone has a drink FOCAL SAMPLING  white male; 20s; tall; longer brown hair flannel drinking - whiskey and coke, PBR; smiling; swaying; laughing with a flanneled friend (male) swaying to music, occasionally glancing around; not nervous but obviously interested in finding a partner focal point and friend talk and glance around a lot; laughing occasionally lots of eye contact with other women (attractive crowd) - winking or smiling very receptive to all attention makes eye contact with me at 8 min again at 11 min walks over after 2nd round of eye contact “Are you going to dance with me or am I going to have to buy you a shot or two to get your back off of this wall?” *he taps hand on wall I’m leaning against... read more ❯
Alejandra's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Last night I went to Crimson Café to do my ethology experiment. It was a Monday night, so there were not many people there, and my results are not as exciting, but I could at least observe some of the stages and characteristics. Focal Sampling I sat on the upper level of the Café so that I could see everything else and pretend that I was watching TV while looking at the people. When I got in, I noticed a girl sitting at the bar, talking very vividly to a man. She was sitting very close to her, as well as to other guy who, then I figured out, was there by himself. I thought maybe he was sitting so close to her because there had been more people at the bar before. The girl I observed was wearing casual clothes (jeans and a long-sleeved shirt) and glasses. I do not think that she was... read more ❯
Tate's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Focal Sampling and Scan Sampling Analyzation             I chose to do my Human Ethology Assignment in Fairhope, Alabama, where I went home for Mardi Gras. The samplings took place Friday, February 8,2013 between 11:15 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. The bar is called My Place and is located at 68 N Bancroft Street. The environment consists of a small inside bar with three male bartenders. There is also an outside courtyard, half is tented in and the other half is open air (there is a fire pit outside for people to stay warm which creates a smoky, campfire smell while outside). The inside is a darker atmosphere that is not lit very well and is very smoky. The people inside the bar seem to be more intoxicated and more approachable, unless they are secluded in a booth, which is by their own choosing. This is also where the band plays, so the... read more ❯
Erica's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
I observed a party on Friday, February 8, 2013. This party was in the “East Edge” apartment complex near the University of Alabama campus. I arrived at approximately 10:00 pm. The environment was very dark and the room had a strobe light and several black lights. Because of this, the party-goers clothing was glowing. The room had a disorienting effect on the party-goers. The room was not very smoky, but there is a strong smell of cigarette smoke and marijuana.  There was extensive alcohol and marijuana use visible. The people at the party do not have a particularly unifying appearance (i.e. hipster, fraternity), however many people at the party have tattoos and facial piercings. In general, by the time I arrived, the majority of the people at the party are heavily intoxicated. There is an abundance of playful flirtation that is demonstrated through “butt slapping” and “grinding”. However, there does... read more ❯
Stephanie's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Atmosphere: Place: Icon, Tuscaloosa Time: Arrived at around 12 am. Left at 3:00 am. People: There was a mix of early 20-somethings and middle-aged gay men. Not to mention a healthy dose of drag queens (Bambi was my favorite). Ambience: The bar was very inviting. I noted how friendly the bouncer was at the door when he had to attach a band to my wrist to denote my age: “No! I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do that. Alcohol is gooood!” as he leaned backwards in an excited motion. Focal Sampling: By this point, Icon was pretty packed, so I hopped aboard the dancing stage to increase my chances of honing in on a subject. As I was standing there, half-heartedly swaying, I noticed a gorgeous fellow appear on stage, seemingly out of nowhere (Criss Angel, I’m onto your tricks). What made him stand out so was his apparent affinity... read more ❯
Jennifer's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Innisfree Irish Pub 1925 University blvd Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401 February 9, 2013. 10:45 PM Mostly dark.Sorority and Fraternity hangout. The noise is extremely loud between the music and talking. Focal: While observing a young man at a local bar and grill I was able to realize his emotions without actually talking to him. He spent much of his time smiling and laughing while conversing with others. He likes physically touching the people he is in conversation with, whether it be hugging or patting. He constantly held a drink in his right hand. He used the Attention Getting stage: He smiled when he would look around the room for either people he knew or were interested in meeting. He rubbed his hands through his hair about every minute. He used Recognition: He gazed at certain girls while he talked to them. He usually never broke eye contact with them unless someone came up to him. He would lean towards... read more ❯
Ayana's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Location: Starbucks, 9:10pm The service area of the Starbucks in fairly well lit but the sitting areas have more sparse lighting. Students of all types seem to be here, most on computers, some people are in groups and some solitary. It is definitely a college atmosphere, but it is located on campus so that is to be expected. There is soft music playing in the background and most people who are not studying alone are chatting, but it isn’t loud by any means. Focal Sampling: A young looking guy with very curly hair and a sort of gangly build arrived and got into line with a dark haired hipster looking girl who smiled at him often.  They boy bought a sandwich and a drink (grandehot chocolate), placed them on a table and proceeded to take off the heavy jacket he was wearing. Then he showed the girl who was seated next to... read more ❯

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