Sociology Brownbag Lecture Series: Lynn Comella


Mar. 15, 2016, 11am to 12:15pm

Office/Remote Location

Room 225


The UNLV Department of Sociology Brown Bag Lecture Series Welcomes Dr. Lynn Comella.  

Dr. Comella will present "Sex and Superstition: Why Sexuality Research Matters." Sex and Superstition: Why Sexuality Research Matters Our cultural understandings of sexuality are shaped by deeply held beliefs and, oftentimes, myths (e.g. If you masturbate you'll go blind; the “vaginal orgasm” is the "mature" and therefore desirable female orgasm; pornography is inherently harmful; sex trafficking is an epidemic, etc.) The realm of sexuality evolves as myths are replaced with empirical facts and evidence. This talk discusses the relationship between sex and superstition, and the role that sexuality research can play in changing sexual attitudes, norms, and practices. 

Lynn Comella, Ph.D. is an associate professor of gender and sexuality studies at UNLV. She is the recipient of the 2015 Nevada Regents’ Rising Researcher Award, which is given annually to one NSHE faculty member from UNLV, UNR, and DRI in recognition of early-career accomplishments. An interdisciplinary scholar trained in cultural studies, Dr. Comella’s research is animated by a desire to better understand a number of broad sociological themes, including the relationship between gender, sexual politics, marketplace culture, and consumer capitalism. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies, The Feminist Porn Book, Sex for Sale, and New Sociologies of Sex Work, among other venues.  

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

UNLV Sociology Department
Ranita Ray

External Sponsor

UNLV Department of Sociology