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Fall Visits from Dr. John Gagnon, Dan Savage, Visiting Researchers and the Kinsey Board of Governors and Trustees
Sex advice columnist Dan Savage appeared at Indiana University during Sexploration Week in October to speak to IU students at a very well-attended Q&A event, co-sponsored by The Kinsey Institute.
Savage spoke without a prepared text; instead, he answered questions submitted by the audience of IU students and Bloomington community members. The questions covered the sexual spectrum from deep philosophy to biology, and led Savage to topics like men's propensity to cheat, the cultural identification of anal sex with gay men (which he compared to the sheer volume of heterosexual anal sex), quality concerns with scented sex toys, being a college-aged virgin, and the ethics and responsibilities of casual sexual encounters.
On the topic of marriage, he spoke about the redefinition of marriage over the past century away from the more feudal exchange of property to the modern concept of marriage as the individual's expression of romantic love and commitment to their partner. As a vocal proponent of gay marriage, Savage feels that in this modern context, defending the gay right to marry is a natural extension of human rights and freedoms.
As a final word of advice to young people entering perhaps their first sexual or romantic relationships in the college environment, Savage reiterated that communication between partners is the key to positive, satisfying sexual encounters. Deciding to engage in sex is the beginning of the conversation, not the end, he explained, and recommended four little words as the prelude to any new sexual relationship: "What are you into?"
Earlier that day, Savage also visited The Kinsey Institute to meet with Director Julia Heiman, and Kinsey Confidential columnist Dr. Debby Herbenick, and tour the collections with KI Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr and Assistant Curator Garry Milius.
Savage's sex advice column, Savage Love, is published in the Seattle weekly newspaper, The Stranger, and is accompanied online by a daily blog and podcast.
You can read more about Dan Savage's IU talk on Kinsey Confidential.
Ana Carvalheira, PhD, research psychologist from University Institute of Applied Psychology in Lisbon, Portugal, was a guest of the Institute in November.
Dr. Carvalheira presented her research on desire and arousal in women in long- and short-term relationships, and met with Kinsey researchers to discuss methodological options for new research.
Dr. Caravalheira's work in clinical settings, counseling women with sexual problems, is leading her research towards uncovering the psychological and cultural scripts that affect sexual satisfaction.
Joana Carvalho and Ana Gomes, both Ph.D. students at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro in Portugal, visited the Institute in September.
Joana studies sexual aggression and Ana works in the area of sexual dysfunction. They both work with Dr. Pedro Nobre, who has visited the Kinsey Institute in the past.
Dr. Erick Janssen, who helped Dr Nobre in setting up the very first psychophysiological sexlab in Portugal, is co-advisor of Joana's dissertation project.
The Kinsey Institute Board of Governors and Board of Trustees met in Bloomington in September for a semi-annual meeting. The Kinsey Institute boards include individuals from business and academia, as well as curators and researchers. They contribute their expertise to advise the Institute, and oversee the preservation of our collections and development of our research mission.