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Sánchez to deliver Interdisciplinary Sexuality Seminar Oct. 11

October 10, 2013

UW-Madison’s Francisco J. Sánchez, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, is giving a free public talk titled, "The Relationship between Masculine Consciousness, Anti-Effeminacy, and Negative Feelings about Being Gay.” 

The event is Friday, Oct., 11, and runs from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 8411 of the Sewell Social Science Building.

According to a poster previewing the seminar: “Societal conceptions of masculinity and femininity play a prominent role in gay men’s lives.  Like their heterosexual counterparts, most gay men in the United States have been subjected to the same kind of masculine socialization since childhood.  This socialization process may impact how gay men view themselves and other gay men in terms of masculinity and femininity.  In fact, many gay men report that it is important to them that they appear stereotypically masculine in public— sometimes self-identifying as ‘straight-acting’— and that they only seek out platonic and romantic relationships with such gay men.  Furthermore, studies have shown a strong dislike for ‘effeminacy’ among gay men, termed ‘femiphobia.’ This presentation will highlight the occurrence of ‘straight-acting’ and ‘femiphobic’ attitudes among gay men, review theories regarding these attitudes, and present evidence that such attitudes are associated with negative feelings about being gay.”

This talk is an Interdisciplinary Sexuality Seminar, which is a collaboration between UW-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Aids Intervention Research.

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