Melanie’s research focuses on how power and social inequalities impact intimate relationships. Her research has included exploring the construction of sexual consent in heterosexual casual and long-term relationships. Melanie has a secondary specialty in research methods including both quantitative and qualitative methods. More recently, Melanie’s research interests have broadened to include sexual consent and definitions of sex within non-heterosexual relationships.
She is currently working on a project on heteronormative assumptions about sex and sexuality and how they play out (or not) in how straight/gay/lesbian/bi people’s descriptions of their sexual lives. Melanie is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Otago.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SEX?
It’s not as simple as it seems. On the surface defining sex seems synonymous with intercourse. However, looking deeper reveals that defining sex goes beyond a simple list of acts or behaviours. Dr Melanie Beres will talk about how people from diverse sexual identities define sex and how this shapes their sexual relationships.