Waterloo St Jerome’s SJU Sex Conference. #catholic #hamont @archtoronto

We have written before about St Jerome’s University. THE “catholic” uni in the Diocese of Hamilton ON.

Here is the upcoming Sex conference coming in 2 weeks.

Sound Catholic to you??



“u looking?” Hookup app use, sex, and intimacy among men seeking men
Harrison Oakes
Department of Psychology
University of Waterloo


Geosocial networking apps (GSNAs) like Grindr and SCRUFF are changing dating and sexual practices among men seeking men (MsM). Boasting millions of users around the world, GSNAs are now the most frequent method MsM use to meet partners (Hergovich et al., 2018). Despite their popularity, though, limited academic work exists on GSNAs’ impact on sexual practices. Worse, the existing work disproportionately adopts a problematizing and medicalized discourse of sexual risk, particularly around HIV transmission in the context of MsM’s use of GSNAs. Consequently, our understanding of the role of GSNAs in the sexual lives of MsM is very limited. To advance our understanding and guide future research, we need a bottom-up examination of how MsM take up GSNAs in the expression of their sexual identity. To this end, we conducted 10 in-depth narrative interviews with MsM who used GSNAs. Guided by critical interpretivist theory, we found that most, but not all, men who used GSNAs to find sexual partners preferred some form of interpersonal connection with a partner before engaging in sexual activity. This connection, however, differed in kind, depth, and time taken to develop it across all participants, but also across each participant’s hookups. Further disrupting casual sex scripts, most of our participants discussed experiencing and pursuing intimacy in casual sex, though intimacy was differentially defined across men. We conclude by calling for more nuanced research on MsM’s use of GSNAs, both generally and in expression of their sexual identity.


Transgressing the (trans)Norm: Analyzing Trans Identities in Medicine and the Dominant Sex/Gender System
Sophia Kudriavstev
Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies
St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo


As discussions around trans identities move to the forefront of popular culture, it is important to be critical of the discourse surrounding transition, and the way trans bodies are made visible. Through an exploration of the medical institution’s approach to understanding and treating the trans body, this research aims to highlight how the transnormative narrative which has emerged surrounding transition, negatively impacts trans individuals. Despite improvements to guidelines for Ontario practitioners, the lived experiences of trans individuals seeking medical transitions indicate that the transnormative narrative continues to be upheld in professionals’ actual practice. Further, the continued reliance on a diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria is problematic, as it labels trans individuals as othered, locating these identities within the body rather than a product of social and cultural factors. This narrative places trans identities back into a binary gender system, rather than prompting a re-evaluation of the binary gender system based on trans identities



What are the Barriers to Safer Sex Communication? Comparing the Role of Emotional Avoidance, Communication Skills Deficits, and STI knowledge
Uzma S. Rehman
Department of Psychology
University of Waterloo

(Rehman, U.S. and Tran, V.)


Safer Sex Communication (SSC) is the interpersonal process by which partners discuss and negotiate safer sex practices such as condom use to prevent STIs or unwanted pregnancy. Although such communication is critical, there is consistent evidence demonstrating that people tend to avoid safer sex communication (Coleman & Ingham, 1999; Byers, 2011). Thus, the aim of the current study was to examine how three specific factors (STI knowledge, safer sex communication skill, and emotional avoidance) influence a woman’s safer sex communication. In the current study, we focused specifically on women’s discussions of condom use with their partner. We recruited a sample of 189 adult female participants who completed an online survey via Qualtrics. The results underscore the importance of emotional factors, such as fears about relationship dissolution, in preventing individuals from expressing their sexual preferences. Further, our results showed that emotional avoidance plays a larger role in women’s avoidance of safer sex communication, as compared to communication skills deficits or STI knowledge. This is the first known study to examine STI knowledge, safer sex communication skill, and emotional threats simultaneously and provides further insight into what influences women’s safer sex communication.


Relationship and Sexual Satisfaction: A Develo



Grindr and Emotional Affordances and Discontents: An Investigation into Gay Male Social Networking Applications and Emotional (Dis)Connection
Adam Davies
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto


For gay, bisexual, and queer men, finding casual sex, “hook-ups”, or anonymous “no strings attached” sex through gay networking applications is considered a normative sexual practice (Aunspach, 2015; Roth, 2016; Tziallas, 2015; Yeo & Fung, 2017). Considering recent contestations over sexual health education in Ontario, discussions of gay men’s sexualities are largely absent from formal school curriculum, leading gay, bisexual, and queer men to learn about normative gay sexual scripts, sexual health, and behaviours online (Brennan et al., 2015; Jaspal, 2017; Jenkins Hall et al., 2017). However, research demonstrates how users of gay networking applications experience negative feelings online, including anxiety, loneliness, and isolation (Gibbs & Rice, 2016; Miller, 2015) as structures of gay masculinities and whiteness privilege white heteromasculine bodies and transactional sexualities (Bonner-Thompson, 2017; Goldberg, 2018; Riggs, 2017) while pathologizing emotional connection (de Oliveira, 2013; Elder, Morrow, & Brooks, 2015; Sánchez, Greenberg, Liu, & Vilain, 2009). Drawing from qualitative ethnographic data from 30 semi-structured interviews with gay, bisexual, and queer identified men who utilize gay networking applications and gay social service providers, this presentation will focus on the discursive norms which produce normative notions of emotional (dis)connection online and the construction of emotional attachment and negative emotions on gay networking applications.







Bergman is Sister of S Bear Bergman. Cathy Horgan headed the ICE committee that wrote the updated “Catholic sex ed” in 2015. The board has a Bishop’s representative and the head of the Resurrectionists!







https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/how-is-the-rot-in-hamilton-diocese-affecting-ice-sex-ed/  (Francis Doyle (Episcopal Rep) and Com and Joan Grundy et al)


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