Tuesday 4th February 2020 @ The Bell Pub, E1 7EX
Erotic Target Identity Inversions: Becoming Your Own Target of Desire
Erotic Target Identity Inversions (ETIIs) are poorly studied paraphilias characterised by individuals becoming the object of their own desire. Erotic target location (either located in the self or others) is theorised to be another dimension of sexuality. Historically, ETIIs have been studied in males who report become aroused by the thought of themselves acting as a woman (known as autogynephilia). Other ETIIs have been proposed, including autopedophilia (people with attraction to children becoming aroused to the thought of being a child) and autoandrophilia (the female equivalent of autogynephilia). The current talk will discuss results from a large online study of men and women in four proposed ETII groups: autogynephilia, autoandrophilia, autonepiophilia (for those interested in age play or ABDL), and autoanthropomorphozoophilia (those interested in pet play or fursuiting). In addition to providing information about these ETII groups, we will examine potential motivating factors, psychological correlates, and comorbidities. The controversy surrounding ETIIs, particularly in regards to the relationship between autogynephilia and gender identity, will also be discussed.
Ashley Brown is a PhD researcher from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience. Originally from the US, she moved to London in 2017 to complete a project titled “The Psychological, Social, and Demographic Factors Associated with Atypical Sexual Interests”. Her work focuses on destigmatisation of atypical or paraphilic sexual interest groups, investigating new dimensions of sexuality, and examining the structure of sexual fantasies and behaviour. In addition to her research, she works at a local sexual health clinic and has previously given talks on the development of atypical sexual interests and clinical recommendations for health practitioners working with individuals with such sexual interests.
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 @ The Bell Pub, E1 7EX
The Momentum Health Study: An 8 year biobehavioural study of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men in Vancouver, Canada
This talk will present an overview of the Momentum Health Study. Momentum is a longitudinal, biobehavioural study of nearly 800 gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men living in Vancouver, Canada. The study explores sexual health, including HIV prevalence and prevention techniques, substance use, mental and physical health, and a variety of other relevant psychosocial factors. Selected findings will be presented.
Dr. Heather Armstrong is a Lecturer in Sexual Health at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on improving sexual health and well-being, especially for sexual and gender minority folks. She has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Ottawa and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of British Columbia at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
Tuesday 7th April 2020 @ The Bell Pub, E1 7EX
Thula Koops, University Medical Center Hamburg
Surveys have shown that many women are familiar with painful sex. Although public awareness has risen over the past years through the media, feelings of helplessness and isolation are still common among those who face sexual problems. To make matters worse, the search for successful treatment is often long, frustrating and sometimes even involves harmful rather than helpful interventions. In this talk Thula Koops will present data from a qualitative interview study on women experiencing sexual pain and/or vaginismus, and discuss questions around their origin, the “right” treatment and the role of society.
Thula Koops is a psychologist and PhD candidate at the Institute for Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry of the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Her research is mainly focused on sexual difficulties in women, but also covers other sexuality-related topics, such as sexuality and digital media. In her current projects, she explores factors contributing to women’s experience of sexual pain. She is in training for psychodynamic psychotherapy, and takes an interest in both couple and individual sex therapy.
Tuesday 5th May 2020 @ The Bell Pub, E1 7EX
The Nuances of Sexual Consent
Sexual consent is a timely topic across the globe. People—media, laws, society—are actively thinking about sexual consent and what it means. In this lecture, Malachi Willis will review important aspects to consider when defining sexual consent based on findings from his research and that of others. Malachi Willis is finishing his PhD at the University of Arkansas in the US and starts as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich in 2020. His research primarily focuses on how people experience and communicate their sexual consent. He also investigates gender biases
that exist in language.
For further reading on his sexual consent research:
Willis, M., Blunt-Vinti, H. D., & Jozkowski, K. N. (2019). Associations between internal and external sexual consent in a diverse national sample of women. Personality and Individual Differences, 149, 37–45. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2019.05.029
Willis, M., & Jozkowski, K. N. (2019). Sexual precedent’s effect on sexual consent
communication. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48(6), 1723–1734. doi:10.1007/s10508-018-1348-7
Willis, M., Canan, S. N., Jozkowski, K. N., & Bridges, A. J. (2019). Sexual consent communication in best-selling pornography films: A content analysis. Journal of Sex Research, 1–13. doi:10.1080/00224499.2019.1655522
Willis, M., Hunt, M., Wodika, A., Rhodes, D. L., Goodman, J., & Jozkowski, K. N. (2019). Explicit verbal sexual consent communication: Effects of gender, relationship status, and type of sexual behavior. International Journal of Sexual Health, 31(1), 60–70.
Willis, M., Jozkowski, K. N., & Read, J. (2019). Sexual consent in K–12 sex education: An analysis of current health education standards in the USA. Sex Education, 19(2), 226–236.
Tuesday 2nd June 2020 @ The Bell Pub, E1 7EX
Dr Liam Wignall
The Kinky Dabbler – engaging in kink, but not in communities.
Kinky sex has become increasingly mainstream in Western countries, with diverse forms of kink present in the media and popular culture; it has also led to the proliferation of new forms of kinky subcultures. While there are debates around whether such visibility is beneficial or not, increased awareness of kink has opened up novel routes for individuals to engage with kink. Previous research into kink has predominantly focused on individuals who immersive themselves in kink communities, highlighting how kink was framed as a deviant activity; was practiced in secret and underground; and how practitioners formed close friendship circles. The impact on increased visibility and the transformational effect of the internet for individuals who engage in kink has been understudied. Drawing on ethnographic observations and 30 interviews with gay and bisexual men in the UK who practice kink in different ways, this presentation identifies the kinky dabbler – a new type of kink practitioner who engages in and invests in kink activities, but does not self-ascribe a kink identity or engage with kink communities. Key features of the kinky dabbler will be discussed, alongside implications for further work.
Dr. Liam Wignall is a lecturer in Psychology at Bournemouth University. He explores the identities and experiences of non-heterosexual individuals related to: kink, BDSM, and fetishes; pornography consumption; drag subcultures; non-exclusive sexualities; and sexual consent. He draws on theories from psychology, sociology and cultural studies, focusing on the impact of the internet and the role of community participation for these individuals. He is a member of the International Academy of Sex Researchers, a research affiliate for the Center of Positive Sexuality and serves on the British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Sexualities committee.