They studied this by having 700 people who were

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They studied this by having 700 people who were brought in to the lab to have sex, and they were paid for their participation – they were encouraged to have sex in lab before being observed in order to get used to the new surroundings – during study they were monitored for changes in heart, muscles, penile erection, and vaginal lubrication. * how do sex researchers try to ensure good ethics in their research : researcher must be sure to get participant’s informed consent and also guarantee confidentiality (IRB) * what is volunteer bias, and how/why is this especially a challenge for sex researchers: people who volunteer to be in a study (especially about sexuality)
may somehow differ from those who do not volunteer – in sociology this is self- selection – research has found that people who volunteer for sex studies on average tend to be more sexually liberal, more sexually experienced, more interested in sexual variety, more likely to have had sexual intercourse as well as oral sex, and have less traditional sexual attitudes than nonvolunteers. * how/why is reliability an issue for sex research: first sexual encounters may be fogged by memory depending on the age of the participant. Memory and times can be difficult to recall especially in sex studies where researchers are asking participants to recall past behaviors. portrayals of sex * how is sex portrayed in the media? Sex is portrayed in the media is typically heterosexual/monosexual sex. Bodies used to sell products (mainly women). Women are often shown laying down, something with the mouth (fingers, open), fragmented (shown certain parts like boobs, ass) are often young and eroticized and portrayed as submissive. Women together in ads target heterosexual men and try to get women in together (IE threesome). Men together in ads targets gay men. Women’s bodies in video games are often oversexualized. learning about sex * refer to readings sex and gender * what is the difference between sex and gender? Sex: biological genetic attachment. Gender: socially what the human leans towards. * what is intersex: Person born with characteristics of both sexes or ambiguous genitalia. * what is the difference between transgender and transsexual: Transgender person whose gender identity does not match anatomy, so they adopt social characteristics of other sex. Transsexual: person whose gender identity does not match anatomy, so they surgery/ hormones to change biologically into the other sex. * video: Growing Up Trans What are some of the challenges these children and their families face: Families want what’s best for their child, but difficult to see how to treat the issue. Hormone therapy and treatments (like hormone injection and puberty blockers) have not been tested and thoroughly researched, let alone for children usage.

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