Projects & Publications

Porn Sex versus Real Sex

Porn Sex vs. Real Sex: How Sexually Explicit Material Shapes Our Understanding of Sexual Anatomy, Physiology, and Behaviour – Cassandra Hesse & Cory L. Pedersen Young people’s exposure to sexually explicit material has become a concern as the Internet gains prominence and is reported to be the most common source of pornography consumption. The plethora […]

Disability and Sexual Assault

The Influence of Disability on Attributions of Blame toward Victims of Sexual Assault – Alexandria Parsons, Kaylee Skoda, Kailie Brown, Katheryn Morrison, & Cory L. Pedersen Victim blaming is a phenomenon that occurs when an individual is accredited responsibility, either in whole or in part, for a crime having occurred to them (Canadian Resource Centre […]

SEM and Self-Esteem

The Influence of Sexually Explicit Material on Body Image and Self-Esteem – Kaylee Skoda & Cory L. Pedersen Social Comparison Theory asserts that individuals compare themselves to others across multiple domains in efforts to better understand how they measure up (Morrison, Ellis, Morrison, Bearden, & Harriman, 2004; Morrison, Harriman, Morrison, Bearden, & Ellis, 2006). Indeed, […]

Homophobic Humour

The Relationship Between Televised Homophobic Humour and Attitudes Toward Sexual Orientation – Jenn Clark, Amanda Champion, Amy Pedersen, & Cory L. Pedersen Humour is a form of communication that elicits laughter and amusement through the use of comedic devices such as irony, puns, and double entendres (Yee, 2011). However, over the past decade, humour has been more […]

Campus Rape

Forcible, Drug-Facilitated, and Incapacitated Sexual Assault among Undergraduate Women Using a Canadian University Sample – Alexandria Parsons, Amanda Champion, & Cory L. Pedersen Research has shown that the annual incidence of sexual assault among college women is five times higher than their non-college counterparts (Kilpatrick, et al., 2007). Specifically, Statistics Canada (2009) reports that girls […]

Perceptions of Bisexual Men’s Identity Legitimacy

Challenging Binaries by Saying Good Bi: Perceptions of Bisexual Men’s Identity Legitimacy – Katheryn Morrison, Jordan Gruenhage, & Cory L. Pedersen Since the 1970s, sexuality research has focused on a multitude of factors precipitating and influencing sexuality discrimination. However, the unique social positioning of bisexual individuals is notably absent in comparison to discussions of discrimination experienced […]

Masculine Overcompensation in Gay Men

Challenging Homosexual Masculinity: A Test of the Masculine Overcompensation Hypothesis in Gay Men – Brodie J. Lewis, Cassandra Hesse, Briana Cook, Kaylee Skoda, & Cory L. Pedersen Masculine overcompensation is a phenomenon that occurs when a male exhibits hypermasculine characteristics in response to threats to his masculinity (Willer, Rogalin, Conlon, & Wojonowicz, 2013).  Heterosexual males […]

The Influence of Sexual Orientation on Attributions of Blame toward Victims of Sexual Assault

The Influence of Sexual Orientation on Attributions of Blame toward Victims of Sexual Assault – Katheryn E. Morrison & Cory L. Pedersen Although research has studied perceptions of blame toward heterosexual and homosexual sexual assault victims, no research has assessed perceptions of blame toward bisexual victims. The present study examined perceptions of blame toward a […]

The Effects of Pornography Exposure: A Meta-Analysis, 2000-2014

The Effects of Pornography Exposure: A Meta-Analysis, 2000-2014 – Amanda R. Champion, Cassandra Hesse, Alexandria Parsons, Abbey Elder, & Cory L. Pedersen Over a decade ago, Paolucci, Genuis, and Violato (2000) discovered that exposure to sexually explicit material (SEM) had significant negative effects on lifespan development. Specifically, exposure to SEM increased risk for sexual deviancy, sexual perpetration, […]

A Meta-Analysis of Attitudes toward Bisexuality

A Meta-Analytic Analysis of Attitudes toward Bisexuality – Katheryn Morrison, Briana Cook, Jenn Clark, Kailie Brown, Amy Pedersen, & Cory L. Pedersen Research has found that bisexual individuals face high levels of discrimination from both the homosexual and heterosexual communities. Although similar, attitudes toward bisexuality have been suggested as distinct from attitudes toward homosexuality. Despite an […]

Disability, Sexuality, and Gender Role Beliefs

Gendered Ableism: Media Representations and Gender Role Beliefs’ Effect on Perceptions of Disability and Sexuality – Alexandria Parsons, Arleigh J. Reichl, & Cory L. Pedersen The primary purpose of this research was to determine how attitudes toward the sexuality of individuals with disabilities are affected by exposure to ads featuring images of individuals both with […]

Sexters and Non-Sexters

Investigating Differences Between Sexters and Non-Sexters on Attitudes, Subjective Norms & Risky Sexual Behaviours – Amanda Champion & Cory L. Pedersen Many young adults use their smartphones to stay connected with friends through text messages, Facebook updates, tweets or instant messages. Computer devices, especially smartphones, have become an extension of our body as most of […]

Exotic Dancers

A Question of Deviancy? Comparing Exotic Dancers and Female University Students – Cory L. Pedersen, Amanda R. Champion, Cassandra Hesse, & Brodie J. Lewis In the last few years, sex has become more acceptable in mainstream culture. People take pole dancing classes as a form of recreation, the amount of sex shown in movies and on television is […]

Whips & Chains Excite Me

Whips & Chains Excite Me: BDSM, Social Acceptance and the Sexual Double Standard – Abbey Elder, Cory L. Pedersen, & Arleigh J. Reichl BDSM (Bondage, Dominance/Discipline, Sadism/Masochism/Sadomasochism) is a marginalized, and relatively rare sexual practice, often considered “taboo” or “deviant”. Although awareness surrounding the BDSM community is growing through public exposure to BDSM-inspired media (everything from fashion […]

Evidence of Binegativity

Perceptions of Bisexual Promiscuity: Further Evidence of Binegativity? – Briana C. Cook Despite progress made through research and education about varied forms of sexual expression, evidence suggests that bisexuality is not immune to negative evaluation and judgment.  In fact, research has revealed that bisexuals experience greater discrimination than either lesbians or gay males because discrimination […]