The most consistent feature of human sexuality is the remarkable diversity which exists among individuals and cultures. Yet, this diversity is often ecologically contextual, contingent on particular evolutionary processes in particular environments. In this talk we will consider how contemporary sexual behavior, particularly in North America, is the result of concomitant forces acting on the reproductive motive (evolutionary biology) and our cultural perceptions (social scripts). Recent historical shifts have made way for a variety of conditions in which individuals engage in sexual behavior. I will present some recent findings on singles, sexual hook-ups, women at a large sex club, and patterns of human sexual partnering. This will allow us to consider the costs and benefits to each gender, and further evaluate how similar/different men and women are in the pursuit of love and sex.
“From Singles to Swingers: Biopsychosocial Views on Contemporary Human Sexual Behavior” A Talk by Justin Garcia
Thursday, December 1st
Lecture Center 100
SUNY New Paltz Campus
Reception to follow in CSB 110
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