[blindlgbtpride] Research about Blind sexuality
dlb723 at comcast.net
Sun Oct 2 12:04:23 EDT 2011
Mr. Lick can be contacted at
davidjameslick at gmail.com
Dear Mr. Brown,
My name is David, and I'm a psychology graduate student at UCLA. Broadly, my research focuses on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals. Together with Dr. Paul Abramson, I am starting a new study about sexuality among visually impaired adults (both congenitally blind and those who lost their sight post-puberty).
Most of psychology's current theories of sexuality rely on visual cues, which seems starkly limited. Little credence is given to attractive cues and pleasure derived from other senses (e.g., touch, smell). Visual cues are no doubt significant when studying sexuality, but many other cues are important too.
It occurred to us that we could gain a better understanding of the non-visual cues that determine mate selection, sexual attraction, and sexual orientation by studying adults who are blind. At this point, however, almost nothing scientific has been written about sexuality among the blind. Before we can develop some ideas and test them experimentally, we would like to chat with a small sample of blind adults, several of whom identify as LGB.
If you or anyone in your organization might have time to chat sometime soon, I'd greatly appreciate it. Your insight could help us get these studies off the ground and tell a more complete story of human sexuality.
David J. Lick
PhD Student // Social Psychology // UCLA
BA // Psychology & American Studies // UVA '09
The Rainbow Families Project
"The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic." ~Oscar Wilde
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