Journal Club: Freestyle!

Last week, because very few of us were available to come to journal club, we had a free-for-all discussion about asexuality and research more generally. We also discussed a New York Times article on a potential treatment for female sexual desire dysfunction, Helen Fisher’s models of sexuality, and a few other assorted things.

A general transcript of of the week’s conversation can be found here. Briefly, the conversation focused on some of the following topics:

  • an annoying TED talk Fisher once put on
  • how her theories regarding sexual and romantic attraction (broken into three subcategories of sexual desire, attraction and attachment) relate to asexual models of sexuality
  • the neurochemistry of sexuality and pair-bonding
  • whether flexibility in mating systems and opportunistic changes in mating strategies are specific to humans or not
  • whether this is an artifact of studying humans differently than we study other species
  • some shortsighted aspects of the paper that are a consequence of being nearly twenty years out of date
  • neurological pathways potentially involved in asexuality
  • that whole “asexuality is mother nature’s way of dealing with overpopulation” thing and why it sucks
  • whether asexuals are more or less likely to have or want biological children than allosexuals
  • that New York Times article about a drug trial for a drug to cure lack of female desire for their husbands
  • whether the Lybrido pill in the article is even likely to work
  • feelings on what might happen if it did

As a reminder to anyone who would like to join in on these journal clubs, they are held at 1:00 PM PDT on Saturday afternoons over a group Skype chat. People who would like to be added to the skype chat should contact Skype user sennkestra and ask to be added to the group. Next week, we will be discussing Macinnis & Hodgson’s 2012 paper “Intergroup bias towards “Group X”: Evidence of prejudice, dehumanization, avoidance and discrimination against asexuals.

MacInnis, C. C., & Hodson, G. (2012). Intergroup bias toward “Group X”: Evidence of prejudice, dehumanization, avoidance, and discrimination against asexuals. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 15(6), 725–743. doi:10.1177/1368430212442419

About Sciatrix

Sciatrix is an American graduate student studying ecology, evolution and behavior. She identifies as asexual and has mostly given up trying to sort out the whole romance thing for now. She has previously blogged about asexuality at Writing From Factor X. In her free time, she trains in canine agility and knits oddly cabled hats.
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7 Responses to Journal Club: Freestyle!

  1. Jo says:

    I’d really like to join in on the journal club, but I am not quite ready to sacrifice my one day of the week I get to sleep in a little to get up at 6am. 😦

  2. Victrix says:

    I’m in a similar position to Jo. My main work shifts are Saturday evenings and Sunday during the day so only get about 8 hours break between shifts, so getting up at 6am would make me lose half my sleep.
    Also I have to get around to installing skype.
    I’ll probably try to join a session or two sometime in the next couple of months though.

  3. Cheriola says:

    So what happened to the discussion of the MacInnis/Hodson paper? I have no access to the original paper, but the summary sounds interesting.

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