My research tries to answer two questions, and those questions are somewhat related.
#1: What is masculinity?
How do people define it? How do they live it? Is it the same or different for boys & girls, men & women? Is it different based on your identity? For example, are “jocks” and “nerds” defining – or doing – masculinity differently? And how & where did they learn about it?
And how have researchers defined and studied masculinity?
#2: What do the dating and sexual lives of young men (15-25) look like?
First things first: What’s typical? What do most guys do? And how old are they when they do it? The ‘it’ isn’t just about intercourse, it’s about kissing,” petting,” oral sex, etc. It’s also about relationships: most of this stuff happens in a dating relationship, but not for all of us, and not always.
This research also includes people’s beliefs about sexual behavior: is it ok/not to have sexual contact with someone you’re not dating? Is ‘hooking up’ or ‘casual sex’ acceptable? What about same-sex or homosexual activity? And does it make a difference if that’s about 2 guys or 2 girls? And where do people learn about sex anyway?
And more generally, for information on how I conduct research, click here.
For a list of work that I’ve published, click here .
I have data to share. Click here for more information.