05:38pm Sunday 20 October 2019

Take your time between the sheets: Queen's University sexual health researcher

This Valentine’s Day, take your time. Queen’s PhD psychology student Karen Blair is a relationships researcher who studies sexuality, sex and what makes or breaks romantic relationships. Her recent research finds that couples who spend a longer time between the sheets (an hour plus versus 15-30 minutes) also report higher levels of relationship satisfaction, sexual satisfaction and love

 In her research, women in same-sex relationships reported spending the most time on an individual sexual encounter with their partner, compared to men in same-sex relationships and individuals in mixed-sex relationships.

Ms. Blair’s research examines the experiences of both same-sex and mixed-sex couples and she can also speak to how approval of relationships can influence health and wellness and how participation in online sexual activities with your partner can boost relationship satisfaction.

Ms. Blair is only available for phone interviews.

Queen’s University also has other Valentine’s Day experts available……………..

iLove you (smartphones and romance)

Got love? There’s an app for that! Media and film professor and digital trends analyst Sidneyeve Matrix can speak to innovations in digital romance—how we’re hooking up, breaking off, and stepping out on our romantic partners through Facebook, Twitter, texting, and online dating sites.

Dr. Matrix is an expert in understanding the impact of social trends in digital and mobile media use. She can also discuss how digital intimacy, family bonds, and virtual friendships grow (and wither) via newer technologies including social gaming, geolocational check-ins, and even smartphone apps.

Love for Sale: Chocolate and the Consumerism of St. Valentine’s Day

Although the roots of St. Valentine’s Day date back to the Middle Ages, we are indebted to the Victorians for many of our most popular features of the celebration, including greeting cards, chocolate and other confectionary in heart-shaped boxes.

Less about love and more about money, the material history of the holiday, including the packaging and marketing of St. Valentine’s Day gifts and accessories, corresponds with social, cultural, economic and technological changes of the past two centuries. Heather Evans is available to speak about the history of chocolate, confectionary, and greeting cards, and their roles in the development of this sweet, modern holiday.

How to use Jane Austen to brush up your romance skills

Attention men – do you need help finding a date? Queen’s University English professor Robert Morrison says single males looking to attract women should spend a little more time reading Jane Austen novels and less time in the gym.

“Men today can still learn a great deal by reading Jane Austen and what she has to say on love, relationships, the battle of the sexes, hope, promiscuity, courtship, and happiness. Austen wrote some of the most powerful love stories in Western literature, and though 200 years have passed since her novels were published, they still have a remarkable ability to speak to the modern world. Her six novels continue to exert a profound influence on our culture.

Robert Morrison is Queen’s National Scholar and an expert in Romanticism and early nineteenth-century literature. His edition of Austen’s final novel, Persuasion, was recently published by Harvard University Press: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?recid=31301.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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Attention broadcasters: Queen’s has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston via fibre optic cable. Please call for details.

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