Idaho State University to hold 12th annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference

POCATELLO – Over 40 presenters from across the country will travel to Pocatello to present at the 12th annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference at Idaho State University on March 10 and 11.

Presentations will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Salmon River Suites in the Pond Student Union.

The conference focuses on how ideas and stereotypes concerning gender and sexuality shape and influence many aspects of our daily lives. This year, the conference will feature ISU faculty and student presenters, as well as guests from around the country and world.

“Each year we provide a conference space not only to discuss research, but also to bring the community and the university together to think about how issues of gender and sexuality are impacting life right here in Pocatello and across the southeast Idaho region,” said Jeremy Thomas, director of ISU Gender and Sexuality Studies and chair of the conference organizing committee. “We strive to bring together a variety of academic disciplines and practical concerns in order to address a range of real-world issues, for example, topics of local importance such as community health and economic development.”

The conference will feature a special guest speaker, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, presenting “Myths, Misinformation and Conflation: A Critical Analysis and Critique of the Sex Trafficking Movement in the U.S.” on March 10 from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. This will be followed by the keynote presentation by Richard Sprott, who will speak on “Power and Connection: Some Issues at the Intersection of Alternative Sexualities and Therapy.” The keynote presentation will be from 3:45 to 5 p.m.

Capous-Desyllas is a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the California State University-Northridge, where she is an expert on sex work and human trafficking. She has particular interest in feminism and global policy related to sexuality and human trafficking, and she has presented her findings at major international conferences in the United States, Canada and Greece. Her research has been published in several academic journals and books, and she is the co-editor, with Karen Morgaine, of the text, “Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice: Putting Theory into Action” (Sage, 2015).

Sprott is a developmental psychologist, researcher and educator at a number of Bay Area universities, including UC Berkeley, CAL State Hayward and CIIS. His research focuses on the interconnections of social development and language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and the impact of stigma and prejudice on interactions between counselors/therapists and members of stigmatized groups. Sprott is also a founding member of CARAS – the Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities.

“I am excited to speak at the Gender and Sexuality in Every Life Conference because the program for this year looks very engaging and interdisciplinary in its scope,” Sprott said. “The coming together from various fields of study, different perspectives and techniques, is very inspirational in my work as a sex researcher. Sexuality and gender are complex aspects of being human, and it requires many different ways of thinking and analyzing and interpreting in order for us to understand sex and gender.”

The conference is free and open to the public. Presentations will be held on both March 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pond Student Union. Refreshments will be served.

For more, contact Jeremy Thomas at or 282-2170.

A schedule for the conference follows:

ISU Gender & Sexuality Conference
Full Schedule

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A-1: Literature & History
9–10:30 a.m. in Salmon River Suites

• I’m an Elizabeth Bennet in a Darcy-less World: Idealizing Mr. Darcy”, Elise Barker, ISU

• “Elvis Has Not Left the Building: Jane Eyre and Alternative Female Sexuality in a 20th Century American Young Adult Novel,” Dana Benge, Idaho State University

• “Tapping and Sighing: Edna St. Vincent Millay and the Problem of Anthologization,” Matthew VanWinkle, ISU

• “Families, Vulnerability, and Sexual Violence During the Irish Revolution,” Justin Stover, ISU

B-1: Health
10:45–12:15 p.m. in Salmon River Suites

• “Sex with a Sandwich: Using Visual Pleasure Theory to Examine the Implications of Hypersexualized Fast Food Advertisements,” Angeline Underwood, ISU

• “The Relation Between States that Offer Sex Education in the Public School System and the Number of HIV-Diagnosed Adolescents per State,” Carine De Sy, Idaho State University

• “Sexual Harassment Training and Reporting in Athletic Training Students,” Dani Moffit, ISU,
Jamie Mansell, Temple University, Anne Russ, Temple University, Justin Thorpe, ISU

• “Spinderellas, Wildflowers, and Wonderwomen: Investigating Women’s Motivation to Participate in an All-Female, Non-Competitive Cycling Event,” Karen Appleby, ISU, Dani Moffit, ISU, Carol Kirkpatrick, ISU, Elaine Foster, ISU, Catherine Rider, ISU, Teri Peterson, ISU

C-1: ISU Counseling Center Panel
12:30–2 p.m. in Salmon River Suites

Cameron Staley, Idaho State University
Paula Seikel, Idaho State University
Jane Coe Smith, Idaho State University
Rebecca Brown, Idaho State University
Shanon Oler, Idaho State University

D-1: Special Guest Speaker
2:15–3:30 p.m. in Salmon River Suites

• “Myths, Misinformation, and Conflation: A Critical Analysis and Critique of the Sex Trafficking Movement in the U.S.,” Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, California State University Northridge

E-1: Keynote Speaker
3:45–5 p.m. in Salmon River Suites

• “Power and Connection: Some Issues at the Intersection of Alternative Sexualities and Therapy,” Richard Sprott, CARAS

Conference Meet and Greet
5:30–7:30 p.m. at Goody’s Deli and Pizza Shop, Meeting Room
(Across from campus at 905 S. 5th Ave., 208-233-9210)

Friday, March 11, 2016

F-1: Patriarchy & Masculinity
9 – 10:30 a.m. in Salmon River Suites, North & Middle Fork

• “Gender Biases in Early Childhood Education,” Laura Thomas, University of Idaho

• “A Grounded Theory Investigation into the Process of How Men Encounter their Gender in Counselor Education,” Tamara Tribitt, Idaho State University, Kristen Langellier, Idaho State University, Heidi McKinley, Idaho State University, Alexia DeLeon, Idaho State University, Bryan C. Lamb, Idaho State University
Dominique Avery, Idaho State University

• “Adjusting the Cultural Lens: Zooming In and Out on Patriarchy,” Dusty Destler, Idaho State University, Kristen Langellier, Idaho State University

F-2: Literature & Culture
9 – 10:30 a.m. in Salmon River Suites, South Fork

• “Forbidden Desires: Regulating Sex in American Literature and Culture,” Amanda Zink, Idaho State University

• “I Will Have Her: The Inevitable Triumph of Carver Doone in Blackmore’s Lorna Doone,” Laura Joy Griffith, Idaho State University

• “Something Isn’t Right Here: An Intersectional Analysis of ‘Bring It On: The Musical’,”Shannon Branfield, Utah State University

G-1: Arts & Performance
10:45–12:15 p.m. in Salmon River Suites, North & Middle Fork

• “Gender and Artistic Media,” Rebecca Merkley, Idaho State University

• “Body as Battleground: The Decolonizing Self-Portraits of Erica Lord,” Rachael Mayer, Idaho State University

• “She-bop: Creating a Future for Females in Jazz,” Benard Ede, California State University Los Angeles

• “Guitar Performance: She Said,” Michelle Marchant, Idaho State University, Alyssa Brook, Idaho State University

G-2: Literature
10:45–12:15 p.m. in Salmon River Suites, South Fork

• “Feminist Dramatists of the Spanish Stage: Three Potentially Subversive Playwrights,” Tracie Amend, Idaho State University,

• “Is It a Woman or Man?: Cross-dressing to Survive in Mary Austin’s Isidro,” Jessica Hoffman-Ramirez, Idaho State University

• “Welcome to the Freak Show: Carson McCullers and Her Fiction,”Jennifer K. Cox, Idaho State University

• “A Hair Closer to Freedom: Retellings of Rapunzel as Self Rescuer,” Corinna Barret, Idaho State University

H-1: Psychology
12:30–2 p.m. in Salmon River Suites, North & Middle Fork

• “Coming Out Challenges Can Prevent Pursuing Mental Health Services,” Ariana Tart-Zelvin, Idaho State University,
Luis R. Rodriguez, Idaho State University

• “Clinical Considerations of DSM-5 Sexual Dysfunctions and Older Adults,” Matthew Schumann, Idaho State University
Samantha Tupy, Idaho State University

• “Body Image Among Incarcerated Women: Exploring Women’s Perceptions of Their Bodies,” Bailey Perschon, Idaho State University, Julie A. Spencer, Idaho State University, Stephanie P. Kaplan, Idaho State University, Kaitlyn E. Hall, Idaho State University, Shannon M. Lynch, Idaho State University

• “Sexuality Research within Neuroimaging: Progress on Gender Inequality,” Ariana Tart-Zelvin, Idaho State University,
Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu, Idaho State University

H-2: Media
12:30–2 p.m. in Salmon River Suites, South Fork

• “Queer Women and YouTube: The Effect on U.S. American Society,” Hughie Gale, Idaho State University

• “Embracing Performativity in Aging and Communication Research: An Analysis of Baddie Winkle’s Instagram Profile,” Cana Crosby, Idaho State University

I-1: Provocative Topics
2:15–3:45 p.m. in Salmon River Suites, North & Middle Fork

• “A Right of Gay Manhood: Reexamining the Role of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Men who Have Sex with Men Prior to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” Ryan Heffner, University of Utah

• “Feminist Pornography: Truth or Myth?” Emily E. Prior, Center for Positive Sexuality

• “Furry vs. Zoophilia,” Skye Williams, Center for Positive Sexuality

• “Gendered Womb Healing: Black Magic and Spiritual Medicine in Early Medieval Ireland,” Arica Roberts, University of Utah

I-2: Policy & Law
2:15–3:45 p.m. in Salmon River Suites, South Fork

• “Sex Positive and Sex Negative Attitudes: Implications for Policy and the Cultural Milieu,” Kassandra Mcfarland, Idaho State University

• “Saudi Female and Genital Mutilation,” Abeer Al-qurashi, Idaho State University

• “So Your Lawyer Is a Lady? Attorney Gender and Judicial Decision Making at the United States Courts of Appeals,” Christine Bailey, Idaho State University

• “Liberty and Justice for All? Intersectionality at the Supreme Court,” Hannah C. Winslow, Idaho State University

J-1: Closing Panel: Sexual Diversity “on the Ground”
4 –5 p.m. in Salmon River Suites, North & Middle Fork

Richard Sprott, CARAS
Emily Prior, Center for Positive Sexuality
Tim Woodman