Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

Sexuality and inequality research

Which College Students Are More Permissive about Sex? Differences by Social Class Background and Educational Aspirations

According to a recent study of college students by Elizabeth A. Armstrong and colleagues, some young women from working class backgrounds see their affluent … Read More

Do Immigrants Have More Conservative Sexual Attitudes Than Other College Students?

Sociologists have long been interested in immigrant assimilation. They have usually focused on how well immigrants are able to learn English, earn educational degrees, find … Read More

What is the Sexual Life Cycle of Those Who Ever Have a Same-Sex Partner?

A growing proportion of Americans have had a same-sex sex partner at some point during their life, especially among women (as we show here … Read More

Google searches show more worry over gay men and boys than over gay women and girls

A 2014 New York Times story called “Google, Tell me. Is My Son a Genius?” reported that people ask Google whether their sons … Read More

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