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Cecilia's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Date. 2/9/13 Time. 11:40PM-1AM Location. Bo's Bar, Tuscaloosa Environment. The place was dimly lit and very smoky. The majority of people there were fraternity/sorority types, it had a fairly college student atmosphere, and there were clearly more men than woman. Loud music was playing and people were talking, though they were hard to hear even when they yelled. There was a bar with alcohol being served, and an area by the speakers where people were dancing, though it couldn't be called a dance floor. For my observations I positioned myself near a second bar towards the back of the room by a pool table and some game machines. Focal Sample. I observed a man who was probably 21-22 since he appeared college age but had a wrist band for purchasing alcohol. He was wearing a green striped shirt, jeans, and tan work boots. He was shorter and a bit plumper than the other men... read more ❯
Harley's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
It’s the WorkPlay theatre. The tables are lit with battery operated candles. Girls are dressed in skinny jeans and cowboy boots. A group of girls come rushing in screaming, each of them is wearing a shorter dress than the girl next to them. The last girl in the group is not wearing a bra. Her boobs are freely hanging out and making it known that she is available. Quickly the girl takes the center of the dance floor and lets it all hang out. She starts dancing and fluffing her hair. She looks intently at a guy and motions him to come over. At this point she is dipping her hips further down and pulling the bottom of her dress up each time she sways. The girl’s stilettos almost cause her trouble as the alcohol she has been drinking finally kicks in. The music goes silent and the girl screams... read more ❯
Madelyn's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
How to Pick-up Someone at a Starbucks             Focal Sampling: On Sunday February 10th at 2pm I arrived at Starbucks in the Ferguson Center. I sat down in a central location and started to scope out the person I was going to observe. A man, in his late-twenties or early thirties, walked into the Starbucks and got a Grande Latte. After his name was called he got his drink and sat down at a round table. A few minutes later a woman sat down at the table with him and he began talking to her. He pauses what he is doing to look at her and listen to what she is saying then motions her to sit down next to him. She sits down and begins to talk to him. When she is talking the man looks up from his computer and leans in towards her. He also places his index... read more ❯
Jessica's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
This weekend I attended a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition in Atlanta, GA. While not a bar or a typical place you would think of for a ethnography study on human mating behavior, the tournament presents such a unique opportunity to study mating systems in the sub-culture of fighters. While we always see the fighter in the spotlight, as a female fighter myself, its always been interesting to me the dynamic between the male fighters and their female companions. What I ended up observing at this tournament was quite similar to what I have observed in similar situations throughout the time I've been involved in the sport. I started off my focal sample with a particular female who looked about my size, mainly I started with her because I thought she looked like I might be fighting her and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to size up my competition while completing... read more ❯
Sydney's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Focal Sample Young male, sitting at the bar with another male he appears to know on his right. The individual is carrying on a conversation with his companion. He is leaning with his elbows on the bar and is facing forward. He is holding a beer that is rested on the bar. He laughs and looks towards the door. He continues to talk with his companion. He looks up as the door opens and then back down. He scans the bar. He looks at the door as it opens. He checks his phone which is lying to his left on the bar. He speaks with his companion. He looks up as the door opens and back down. He looks at his phone. He looks at the door as it opens. He waves to two females that walk in. He sits up and takes his elbows off the bar. He looks at... read more ❯
Katie's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
I am conducting my observation on February 8, 2013 at Innisfree Irish Pub at 1925 University Blvd Tuscaloosa, Al at 11:45 p.m. It is pretty dimly lit and pretty crowded. There are many people sitting at the bar and at tables in groups. This bar is 21 and over, and most of the people here seem to be in fraternities or sororities. It is very loud with people talking and loud music playing. Focal Sample: I am studying a female individual who looks to be 21 or 22 years old. She is sitting at a booth with four other females and two males. She is wearing jeans, boots, and a fur vest. She is drinking a clear drink with a lime. She is talking with her friends and drinking her drink. Around minute 3 she stands up to greet a male whom she seems to already know, then he leaves. She sit... read more ❯
Karl's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Focal: I observed a college aged female. She was not dressed in any particularly defining way (eg. No greek letters, or thick framed glasses). She was reading and talking to her friends, all of which were female. She seemed to be discussing some paper which her entire group was reading. She appeared to be happy in the company of her group. She smiled frequently. She did not interact with anyone outside her group for the entirety of my observations. Scan: My vantage point was fairly good so it was easy to see the entire room. There were mostly groups of college age people interacting amongst themselves. The groups seemed to keep to themselves though, and it did not appear that any of the individuals in any of the groups were interacting with anyone outside of their group. The groups were almost all same-sex. The girls stuck with the girls, and  the guys stuck... read more ❯
Lane's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
My observation of Moe’s Bar The man I am looking at is an average height white male speaking to two girls while standing with his friends at a bar. The bar is packed and he looked relaxed with his posture while he holds an alcoholic drink while he speaks to the girls. He mainly is just speaking to the two girls but has his friends in the background as a support system kind of thing to make him feel more comfortable and he is only speaking to them when he starts to feel uncomfortable and his posture becomes more erect. The two girls are both flirting with him and he is content with the girls, not taking his eyes off them. He is dressed in a button down plaid shirt, jeans, and duck boots, a very common dress. The guy kept solid attention, was very recognized, talked incessantly, and was in... read more ❯
Lauren's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Location - Bo's Bar in Tuscaloosa Date/Time - Saturday February 9th, 11:45 p.m Environment - Crowded room with pool table, two bars, and dance floor. Everybody was college-aged with a mixture of "under 21s" and legal aged drinkers. The room was very smokey with almost no room to walk. I sat on a bench near the back bar and pool table. Scan Sample During my first observation there was a group of four females to my left, and another group of 3 females in front of me. The bar was consumed with males and the bench to my right was as well. Nobody seemed to be paying attention to those outside of their "group". The group of girls to my left were each on their phone and holding a drink. They were wearing long-sleeved t-shirts with leggings and cowgirl boots. I assume they were in a sorority because of their Greek t-shirts. Occasionally they... read more ❯
Laken's Human Ethology Assignment
Published 2/12/2013 in Anthropology of Sex
Author Johnna Dominguez
Location: Small apartment party I was a little under the weather this past weekend so my experience is not as flavorful or as varied as the rest. Saturday night I attended a small party at the people across the hall. Most of the people were not really involved with the party. There was one guy who was around 21 years of age. He was a medium height, attractive, and very flirtatious and intrigued by the girl next him. She was pretty in a very short reveling blue dress. He was seizing her up as she was talking to him. His body language was engaged and determined to take her home by the end of the night. He was smooth but almost eyeing her like prey. She was an easy pick up for him. Next my eye panned to the dance floor. It was like animals in heat. So much passion and lust... read more ❯

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