Skip to comments.Sex researchers shed light on unpopular sex acts
Posted on 05/08/2005 3:09:58 PM PDT by wagglebee
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - From bondage to "breath play" and zoophilia, it's not easy keeping up with society's fast-developing sexual trends.
That's why some of North America's top sexologists are hunkered down with academics and therapists at a Fisherman's Wharf hotel this weekend: to swap findings about everything from teens with underwear fetishes to transgender couples.
"These couples have problems that I didn't know how to deal with," said Olga Perez Stable Cox, president of the Western U.S. region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. "You have to understand the culture, otherwise you're an outsider, and you don't get it."
The theme for the society's four-day conference is "Unstudied, Understudied And Underserved Sexual Communities." Presentations range from discussions from autoerotic asphyxiation, or "breath play," to zoophiles, or animal lovers, to more mainstream topics like sex motives of dating partners.
"Let me tell you, it was not easy finding these pictures," Hunter College professor Jose E. Nanin told his audience in a seminar about "specialized" sexual behavior among gay men.
Nanin's photos are more than an explicit how-to of exhibitionism and sadomasochism, he says; they are examples of safe alternatives to sexual intercourse that need to be de-stigmatized in order to fight diseases like HIV/AIDS.
Researchers say their greater goal is to help the medical community, the public and legislators figure out what behavior is merely out of the norm versus downright dangerous.
"As sex researchers, one of our concerns is distinguishing what can be harmful and what is not -- so that instead of being based on myth, public policy can be informed," said Charlene Muehlenhard, professor of psychology and women's studies at The University of Kansas.
When authorities caught a Midwestern U.S. teenage boy stealing girls' underwear, they immediately demonized his underwear fetish, Pennsylvania State University researcher Patricia Barthalow Kosch said. Many clinicians attribute the boy's crime more to broken family relations. The crime was theft, not his sexual fantasies, conference attendees said.
Teen sexuality draws sensational headlines, but suffers from a lack of academic study, researchers said.
Kim Openshaw, a psychology professor at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, who studies teenage sex offenders, said the limited amount of research so far has found that girls make up only 5 to 10 percent of all underage sex offenders.
The numbers are underreported, Openshaw says, because many people are reluctant to acknowledge the problem.
Victims of girl sex offenders tend to be in the immediate family circle. Most perpetrators are victims of family abuse. By contrast, boy sex offenders tend to be more macho, violent and attack outside of their immediate family.
Amazing, isn't it, that they could conduct all this research with just one hand?
I bet you could find several over at the DU
>>ah, but any cop can tell you that these things "escalate"...first he breaks into houses to get underware, but with time many of these men act on their fantasies. So you see kidnapping, rape and murder.
If he merely wanted ladies underware, he could easily buy it or shoplit it. <<
Exactly, the difference is consent - or more precisely, informed, adult, human, consent. As soon as you are talking about acts when everyone doesn't consent or anyone is underage or it involves animals, it becomes something the state has an an interest in preventing. You don't need a religious argument although you can certainly add that.
Paul from Atlanta
Good to see you MadIvan! Stick around!
,,, yeah, right.
As long as the calliope is playing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, I don't see a problem. :)
Great - not only do we have to worry about Mad Cow Disease, but Gay Cow Disease, too?
Ummm.....could it be because you keep telling us about them?
Conquest and destruction are fine things but one must remain
mindful of popular opinion and appeal. Think of the youth.
If you happen to make Papal appearances with those crappy rims nobody will love you.
"It's otherwise known as bestiality, and according to the article is a "safe" alternative to intercourse and therefore useful for fighting the spread of AIDS."
What a foolish argument. Animals have their own diseases that they transmit and many can also be carriers for human diseases... Not to mention it's just plain wrong.
You've got to be kidding me......
Incidentally, it is good that the effectiveness of a certain post-election opus was of limited duration.
Having sex with Loving the animals, of course.
Not if it's the wrong one!
I wondered the same thing--asked my hubby, "There are unpopular sex acts? Who knew?"
Ya learn something new everyday!
Reminds me of that CSI episode about folks who enjoyed dressing up in animal costumes. Furries, I believe they were called . . .
Believe me. It's the caliope music.
Am I the only remaining person in the known universe that still believes that teenagers have no business HAVING sex?
More folks would like them if they had cool spinner rims.
I guarantee that most of this is not new. We just need to hear about it, apparently. I'm sure my bro-in-law's family has been friendly with sheep for years.
But again, we're all here, and the thread is growing fast. Thread about the filibuster can't even get 20 posts!
Great, no AIDS, but mange cases are going to go through the roof.
That's the ticket. Making acceptable things like strangling your sex partner and having sex with sheep will fight diseases like HIV/AIDS. These researchers are brilliant.
Think of all the time, effort and money that was wasted in explaining to people that sodomizing each other, and sharing needles, will cause diseases like HIV/AIDS to spread. We've had it all wrong, what we really need to be doing is convincing people that it is acceptable to engage in even more bizarre behaviours.
We'll have to get federal funding for that.
Maybe these rumors are the reason you weren't elected pope.
Definitey less strange than sounding is.
I take it that this is the new, nonjudgmental term for bestiality.
More folks would like them if they had cool spinner rims.
Stolen spinner rims. I'm tellin' Roger!
Muddy Waters playing in the background would really make it work....
And blackberry jam in place of the marmalade.
I do believe the Bible speaks of characteristics of a degenerate society that's eliminated laws that became the fabric of society for millenia.
I felt fairly justified!
An older friend of mine recently retired as a law enforcement officer. He always liked telling about the five times he was called to stop a strange individual in one of our communities from having sex with three cows and two horses.
He even caught the man in the act and took a polaroid of it, but that didnt even stop him.
What stopped him was getting kicked by a horse.
It's choking someone out while they climax.
....and who is paying for this scientific research?
Some things better left unknown.
The alphabet soup of GLTQQ/BLT is getting soupier, and yukkier I might add.
As opposed to the other kind of bestiality?
"As opposed to the other kind of bestiality?"
Yeah, I realized after I wrote it that it was somewhat redundant.
Argh, I thought I pung it out... I'll double check. It's so freaking unsavory.
Not if you really love the sheep . . .
I can't believe they didn't pick you. Does this mean you'll run for antipope? I hear the position is still open. :-)
Syphillis is one. Comes from sheep.
>>That's why some of North America's top sexologists are hunkered down with academics and therapists at a Fisherman's Wharf hotel this weekend: to swap findings about everything from teens with underwear fetishes to transgender couples.<<
Nope, that's not why. I think this bunch of nutty lefties go off on pictures of and a discussion about weird acts. An orgy of porn disguised as a study.
Specialized sexual behavior among homosexual men? Considering their "normal" sexual behavior, the notion buggers the imagination.
Moral Absolutes Ping.
I almost don't want to ping this out, it's so extremely distasteful....Blechh. But, doing my duty regardless of personal feelings, here it is. Gotta know what the sick freaks and leftists (but I repeat myself) are up to. Know thine enemy, it is really necessary.
BTW, the pic of the girl and little goats (#29) is really cute; having been around goats here and there I've got a soft spot for baby goats. And in a very normal way, I might add!
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Glanced at the article again and noticed that this - meeting? or whatever is people by ACADEMICS and THERAPISTS.
Avoid them like the very plague.
Sex researchers? I want to know how one gets a Ph.D. in sex research and can someone please tell me which universitites offer this course of study? Thanks in advance. I knew I would find something to get me back into the classroom in retirement....
Have a friend getting one in sex therapy from Drexel in Philadelphia. Her husband gets quite a few comments!