Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

Sexuality and inequality research

social pressure to appear masculine leads straight men to have unwanted sex

Heterosexual men’s experiences of unwanted sex are often overlooked. We tend to see sexual assault perpetrators as male and victims as female—and usually that is … Read More

what does studying college sex tell us about immigrant assimilation?

To study immigrants’ experiences in American society, researchers often compare first- or second-generation immigrants to those whose families have been in the US for a … Read More

College women: seen as a “slut” if they have sex on a hookup, “bitch” or “prude” if they don’t

Walking a tightrope in casual hookup situations, either they have sex and risk being seen as a “slut,” or decline to have sex and risk being seen as a “prude” or a “bitch.” Read More

Class Differences in Women’s Cohabitation in Early Adulthood

It is common for couples of every social class to cohabit sometime in early adulthood in the U.S., and most marry later. However, women from … Read More

an unequal distribution of partners: gays versus straights

Partnerships are most equally distributed among straight women and least so among lesbians. Read More

Who has how many sexual partners?

A novel application of the Gini coefficient shows how much sexual partners are unequally distributed. Read More

Sexual orientation versus behavior—different for men and women?

If you know which sexual orientation people identify with, how much does that tell you about whether they have sex with women, men, or both? … Read More

Discrimination against queer-perceived women

Results from a resume audit study show queer-perceived women are less likely to be called back for a job interview than their straight female counterparts. Read More

Who thinks sex with same-sex partners is “wrong”?

Fewer people say same-sex sex is "wrong," but substantial differences between groups remain. Read More

College Men Having Sex with Men: Are They Exclusively Tops or Bottoms? (No)

Being "versatile" is common among college men who have sex with men. Read More