Participants needed for online polyamory survey

Two graduate students from Edgewood College are conducting an online survey about polyamory as a partial fulfillment of graduation requirements for a Master's degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Their goal is "to study various aspects of polyamorous relationships in an effort to improve the quality of health and mental health care available to diverse populations."

The surveyors are looking for participants who are 18 or older and currently in a polyamorous relationship. Survery participation is anonymous and conducted through an online portal. Completion of the survey should take 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of relationships the participant is currently in.

The deadline for participation is October 15, 2011. Participants and interested folks may return to the blog after January 1, 2012 to view the results and final paper.

Participants needed for study of polyamory in communities of color in the SF East Bay

Airial Clark, a blogger at Good Vibrations Magazine and graduate student at San Francisco State University, is looking for participants for ethnographic research on polyamory in communities of color in the San Francisco East Bay.

I would like to interview people of color, between the ages of 30 and 45 years old, who are open to their friends and family about having multiple consensual intimate relationships. Participants must live in the East SF Bay Area.

Participation in this research includes being individually interviewed on three separate occasions about your intimate relationships, sexual and racial identity, social events in the East Bay that you attend, and how being polyamorous has impacted your family life.

Each interview will take approximately 1.5 hours. The study will take place in Oakland from June 2011 through August 2011 with 3 separate interviews being held in 3 week intervals. I am happy to schedule at your convenience, evenings, weekends or weekdays are available.

If you would like to participate in the research, email airialclark [at] gmail [dot] com.

Researchers seek your experience with porn

Do you read or watch porn? Researchers Feona Attwood, Martin Barker, and Clarissa Smith are looking for participants in an online questionnaire about your experiences with porn. Unlike most research into porn consumption -- which is often concerned with the potential negative effects of porn -- this project is focused on the actual people who use porn.

Our project is concerned with the everyday uses of pornography, and how the people who use it feel it fits into their lives. Pornography is of course a highly topical issue, subject to many opposing views and ‘strong opinions’. And we are not saying that there are no moral or political issues. But we are saying that the voices of users and enjoyers have been swamped. In fact, there is very little research that engages with the users of pornography, asking how, when and why they turn to it.

The questionnaire is a mixture of multiple choice and open questions. It will ask questions about what porn you watch, how you find it, what you like/dislike, and how your porn consumption influences your feelings about sexuality. The questionnaire should take about 20-30 minutes to complete, and responses will remain anonymous. Go fill it out!