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Women in Science Awards at Indiana University

Congratulations to Kristen Mark, PhD student in Applied Health Science and Kinsey Confidential blogger, and Yvette Hill, PhD student in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Kinsey Institute researcher, for their awards at the 2011 IU Women in Science research conference.

WISP award winner Kristen Mark

Kristen Mark found that desire discrepancy in couples has an impact on a number of aspects of relationship satifaction. Women and men were equally likely in this sample to be the partner with lower sexual desire.  Mark says that this level of desire “should be taken in the context of the couple, not by pathologizing the member with lower desire.” Also, the research points out the importance of studying issues like desire and satisfaction from the context of the couple, not just as individuals.  This research has been submitted for publication, and more details will be available in the future.

“Gender Differences in the Impact of Sexual Desire Discrepancy on the Relationship Satisfaction of Heterosexual Couples,” Mark, K.

Award winner Yvette Hill

Yvette Hill’s study focused on linguistics - the language that men use to describe sexually explicit images. She found that men who had a self-reported history of sexual coercion might also interpret images differently than non-coercive men.  

For example, when presented with photo of a woman with an ambiguous facial expression during a sexual encounter, men in the sexually coercive group used more ‘anger words’ compared to men in the non-coercive group when describing the image, supporting the idea that sexually coercive men may view women with hostility in a sexual context.

“Men’s reactions to sexually explicit photos: A linguistic analysis of essays from sexually coercive and non-coercive men,” Hill, Y. N., Keller, B.L., Batchos, E.J., & Heiman, J.R.

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