Join WGST and the Women's Center for a series of free lunches highlighting the work and ideas of the WGST faculty.
Friday, September 30th - psychology professor Megan Yost will discuss her work in progress: "Girls Gone Wild? Men’s Reactions to
Women’s Performative Bisexuality"
In Yost's previous research with Dickinson
students, a large proportion of heterosexual women reported making out with one
another at college parties for an audience of men. Prior research
(described in the article, "Girls gone wild? Understanding
heterosexual women’s same-sex encounters at college parties") documented
that many women engage in this "performative bisexuality" because of
a belief that men enjoy watching such displays. The present research was
designed to assess men's actual perceptions of and reactions to heterosexual
women's same-sex performances. Yost and colleagues surveyed 72 heterosexual men attending
Dickinson College, and conducted semi-structured interviews with a subset of 20
of these men. In this faculty research lunch, Yost will describe preliminary
qualitative analyses of the interview data and preliminary statistical analyses
comparing men who enjoy watching these displays with men who report not
Upcoming dates: November 4th - Ebru Kongar and December 2nd - Nitsa Kann. • More details will be available soon!
Past presenters include Sociology professor Amy Steinbugler, who discussed an
excerpt from her forthcoming book BEYOND LOVING: Intimate Racework in Lesbian,
Gay and Straight Interracial Relationships.