Sunday, November 12, 2006

Quad S

Blogging a sex conference. The Quad S, stands for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Their annual meeting was held in Vegas over the weekend. I was the only economist in attendance.

Wow. Interesting people, and quite the change of pace from my normal econ nerd conferences. These people had personality. Some rather quickly, but not much more than normal. Some of the differences I noticed:

Friends greet each other with a hug and a kiss, even straight male friends.

There are few straight males under the age of 40 here.

People are friendlier. I met more people in one conference than I've met in all of my Econ conferences in the last 10 years.

People research their interests. The hippies study polyamory, the gay guys study HIV transmission and masculinity among Brazilian men, and the lesbians study erotic plasticity in college females.

But I exaggerate. A little.

They rely primarily on bivarate analysis, some on ANOVA and MANOVA.

All of their samples are convenience samples, which they always acknowledge, but then calculate significance levels for anyway.

Some interesting things I heard this weekend:
Women have much more diverse interests than men, and are more likely to have had or like to have a same sex encounter or an encounter different than their usual preference.

Females are aroused while watching ANY erotica, while males are aroused when watching their preferred erotica. That's not to say there aren't some baseline increases in male response to erotica that does not fit their preference, but it is to say that when you match their preference there is a VERY large spike.

Gambling addiction is frequently found in people who have also had or have sexual addictions. They tap the same brain chemicals.

Some people can say masturbation, anal stimulation, cunnilingus, blow job in the span of 30seconds, and no one bats an eye, except the snickering economist. I felt like bevis..."ahh..ahh.ahh, she said masturbation."

The best book on sex: The Guide to Getting it On.

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