Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mardi Gras and Sexual Behavior

excerpt from Kinsey Confidential

...Several years ago, some of our colleagues in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation here at Indiana University actually studied sexual behavior in the context of Mardi Gras. Using a theory that takes notice of the influence of a person's environment (the people around them as well as their surroundings) and perceptions about what's appropriate in a given context (say, on Bourbon Street), they examined people's behavior at Mardi Gras.

They found that about half of men in their study expected to have a new vaginal or oral sex partner while at Mardi Gras and about 20% expected to have anal sex with a new partner. Fewer women had such expectations. What happened is that more women had new partners than planned to - and, as you might guess, some of the men overestimated their chances of hooking up at Mardi Gras. A person's situational conditions (in this case, feeling as though they were in a sexualized environment, drinking and being a part of the Mardi Gras culture of beads and costumes) was also linked to their sexual behavior at Mardi Gras. (Read the full study here.) In other words, context matters...

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