February 2014 – DrZhana

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  • What a Difference a Book Makes

    Almost 10 years ago, back in my hometown of Skopje, an overly ambitious psychology undergraduate embarked on an honors thesis that required way more work than an honors thesis should ever require. I interviewed a few dozen Macedonian gays, lesbians, and bisexuals about their coming-out process and decided to do one of the few (only?) qualitative research theses at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius. While researching  the topic of sexual orientation, I read every academic article I could possibly access online without paying the exorbitant prices journals charge for articles (our University library

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  • I’m speaking at CatalystCon East!

    During my academic career, I have been to and presented my work at many academic conferences, where scholars present their research to other scholars in a very scholarly way. This year, I will be going to my first non-academic sex conference, where non-academics (and some academics) present all sorts of sex-related knowledge to mostly non-academics in a less scholarly, more interactive and engaging sort of way. As described by founder/Creator Dee Dennis, CatalystCon is a “melting pot of sexuality that will unite sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, those in the adult industry and anyone with a passion for

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  • Working from Home: Can There Be Too Much Freedom?

    I love working from home, not having a set schedule, or a boss. I really do. I love the flexibility it offers, the casualness of my day, the ability to wake up and go to sleep whenever I want, to stay in my pajamas all day, to get lunch or coffee with whomever I want whenever I want. I love the freedom to work in my home office, a coffee shop, a library, or even from bed. But that can sometimes get isolating. Especially during a winter like this when it’s either too cold or too wet outside to motivate

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Dutch teens have better sexual health outcomes than US teens--why? More #SexPositive culture! By Justin Lehmiller ow.ly/6UWg30bW88r ... See MoreSee Less

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A new study using a sample of about 3,400 heterosexual med students finds that #prejudice toward #bisexuals (beyond general #homophobia) is partly due to a trait called “need for #closure” (NFC). For people scoring high on this preference for simple ways of structuring info, bisexuality is too “ambiguous:” According to the results, higher levels of NFC predicts negative evaluations of #bisexual people after accounting for negative evaluations of #gay/#lesbian people, and higher levels of NFC also predict an explicit preference for #monosexual people over bisexual people. These results suggests that differences in evaluations of #sexualminority groups partially reflect different psychological processes; NFC may be a particularly salient factor in #bi prejudice.
#sexualorientation #legitsexscience #sexscience #sexresearch #sexsciencenews
Link to study: ow.ly/Nhs730bIyAq
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