Daniel Copulsky holds a BA from Bard College at Simon's Rock and a certificate in Psychology from UC Berkeley. His research focuses on marginalized sexualities and relationships, particularly LGBTQA and non-monogamous identities. He also writes about sex and relationships at SexEdPlus.com. Daniel serves as a board member for the Center for Positive Sexuality.
Research Items (8)
- May 2019
- AltSex NYC Confernce
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 identities, like kink and polyamory. These changing understandings could have far reaching social and legal implications.
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 spectrum or “ace” community. Some members of the ace community also identify as polyamorous, participating in multiple romantic or intimate relationships that are not necessarily sexual. This article draws heavily on the personal narratives of asexual individuals to explore this intersection and focuses on ways in which polyamory can be particularly challenging or beneficial for those in the asexual community.
- Aug 2019
- Expanding the Rainbow: Exploring the Relationships of Bi+, Trans, Ace, Polyam, Kink, and Intersex People
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 variety of individual experiences of sexual attraction, yet the community of self-identified asexuals came together only in the past two decades. In this short time, it seems that polyamory grew particularly popular among asexuals.
- Oct 2015
- Translating Identity Conference
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.
- May 2018
- Positive Sexuality Conference
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 tentative answers and a lot more avenues for future study. This research can help deepen personal understanding, dispel social stigma, and improve care for these communities.
- May 2015
- Alternative Sexualities Conference
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 polyamory seems to be more popular as a relationship style among asexuals than it is in the mainstream.
- Sep 2013
- Alternative Sexualities Conference
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. How can they express their sexual orientation? Their marital or partnered status? Their interest in BDSM or other sexual activities? Where are the options for expressing a range of sexualities adequate? Where are they lacking? The presentation will bring in a sample of perspectives from people who use social networks and identify with one or more alternative sexualities. We will look at how people express their sexualities on various social networks, and in turn how the options available on these websites can contribute to users' construction and subsequent expression of their sexual identities. We will also note where research suggests self-identification can have significant influence on people's broader experiences, and give special attention to the affects social networks have on the formation of young people's sexual identities.