January 4, 2009

Labor market theory of conference sex

Filed under: Sex — ubikcan @ 11:37 am

This is new. It seems the labor market in academia is so poor, that people in long-term monogamous relationships are being reduced to seeing each other at conferences, because they can’t both get jobs in the same city and live apart.

The idea that many academic couples have so little time together that they need academic conferences to see one another suggests a broader comparison, she said. “Conference sex is a metaphor for life in the academy: One takes what one can get when one can get it.”

There are 8 kinds of conference sex, according to Jennifer Drouin, an assistant professor of English and women’s studies at Allegheny College. Others include bi-curious, and quickie sex.

But this new category is surprising–and no doubt a sign of the low esteem in which academia is held.


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