Daniel Copulsky

Daniel Copulsky
University of California, Santa Cruz | UCSC · Department of Psychology

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Introduction
Daniel Copulsky is a Ph.D. student in Social Psychology at UC Santa Cruz. He researches LGBTQA, nonmonogamous, and kink/BDSM identities, with particular interest in how people choose and make sense of identity labels. Daniel's writing on intersections between the asexual and polyamory communities is available in the Journal of Positive Sexuality and the anthology Expanding the Rainbow. His recent work looks at changing ideas about what kinds of identities can be considered sexual orientations. Daniel also serves on the board of directors for the Center for Positive Sexuality.

Publications

Publications (11)
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Over the past two decades, a broad community has come together around the asexual identity. While asexuality generally describes a sexual orientation in which a person does not experience sexual attraction toward anyone, specific experiences of asexual people vary considerably, and related identities are often considered part of the asexual spectru...
Chapter
People have practiced some form of non-monogamy for as long as humans have existed, with non-monogamous relationships structured a multitude of different ways from then until now. Only in the past thirty years, however, was the term polyamory coined and a community formed around this particular identity. Likewise, humans have always had a wide vari...
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While research into motivations for obtaining a genital piercing has often shown sexual pleasure to be a key reason that persons get such piercings, research has typically overlooked the diverse ways that sexual pleasure is conceived of amid the context of genital piercings. In this article, we use examples from a study of self-reported genital pie...
Presentation
For the past 5 years, the annual Asexual Community Survey has collected data from individuals who identify on the ace spectrum (asexual, gray-asexual, and demisexual). This data confirms observations about the popularity of polyamory as a relationship option among asexual communities, with about 10% of asexuals in the surveys identifying as polyamo...
Poster
Recent work on practitioners of Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadomasochism (BDSM) has moved away from the longstanding pathological model to consider other narratives of BDSM and formulations of BDSM as leisure, orientation, or both. While descriptions of BDSM as orientation have appeared in theoretical discussions, along w...
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Is sexual orientation just about gender? Can a sexual orientation change? What parts of sexuality are actually fixed? So what counts as a sexual orientation? Identities like pansexual, sapiosexual, asexual, and demisexual reflect shifts in how we conceive of sexual orientation. We can also apply an orientation model to other aspects of our sexual i...
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Are particular personalities prone to polyamory? Are non-monogamous folks more open, conscientious, extroverted, agreeable, or neurotic? Are they more intuitive or sensing, more feeling or thinking, more perceptive or judging? Are there other measures where they differ? A limited number of studies have examined these question, offering a few tentat...
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Binaries, spectrums, continuums, spheres, charts, and graphs - these are just some of ways we can think visually about gender identities. This presentation is both an exploration of ways to model gender and a brief look at some of the huge variety of identities.
Poster
Over the past two decades, a broad community has come together around the asexual identity. Along with people who do not experience any sexual attraction, this has also included those who identify as gray-asexual, demi-sexual, and aromantic. Some members of this community also identify as polyamorous or nonmonogamous. Many have even observed that p...
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This presentation looks at the effects of asking questions about gender identity on social media profiles through consideration of stereotype threat, gender bias, and survey methodology.
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This presentation will survey a number of social networks, including popular websites like Facebook and OkCupid and niche sites like Fetlife and PolyMatchMaker, which are designed specifically for those interested in alternative sexualities. We will examine the various options that are available on these sites for users to express their sexualities...

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Projects (3)
Project
Explore changing conceptions of sexual orientation, how this concept might be used expansively to describe many facets of sexuality, and the implications of this broader understanding.
Archived project
Explore what it means to share details about our gender and sexual identities on social networks and online profiles.
Project
Explore intersections between the asexual and polyamory communities. Why might polyamory be common among asexuals? How can polyamory be particularly challenging or beneficial for asexual individuals?