Scarleteen Founder Conducting Survey on Casual Sex
By Rachel Walden — March 10, 2010
Heather Corinna, founder and editor of Scarleteen and author of S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know-Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College, is doing a large study on multigenerational experiences with and attitudes about casual sex. The data will ideally be used for publication, but answers are completely anonymous and will only be used anonymously.
In contrast to a lot of the hype and stereotypes about “hooking up,” Corinna is looking for what’s real, both in sexual attitudes and experiences among a diverse array of ages, genders and sexual identities, races and sexual ideologies/constructions. The only requirements for participating in this study are being over the age of 16, and having had some kind of sexual partnership before, even if none has been casual. The study takes around twenty minutes.
Corinna would like the study to show as diverse an array of people as possible, especially since so often media representations or cultural conversations about casual sex are usually only about heterosexual white women or about gay men. She particularly wants to be sure LGBT people, people of color, those over 45 and social conservatives are adequately represented, so please share this link with your networks after you take the survey yourself, especially if your networks include people in any or all of those groups.
To take the survey, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S97WR6H.
It will be good to get a better representation of people’s thoughts and experiences with casual sex. It is different for everyone compared to the typical depiction seen in teen movies where everyone teen is down to have casual sex.
It will also be interesting to hear how older people feel about sex outside a relationship and what it does for their self-esteem and lifestyle.