Wanted: Lap Dance Researcher

A help wanted notice recently appeared on the website of the University of Leeds for a research officer whose job would be to research "The rise and regulation of lap dancing and the place of sexual labour and consumption in the night time economy."

Sounds like a hard job. But is it real? Gill, who sent me the link, writes, "It LOOKS like a hoax, it SMELLS like a hoax, but....?"

I don't think it's a hoax. It's legitimately on the University of Leeds site, and sociologists definitely study the sex industry. Anyway, anyone who was thinking of applying is too late. The deadline was November 27.


Posted on Thu Dec 03, 2009


Why do I always hear about these jobs after the closing date?
Posted by John Paradox  on  Thu Dec 03, 2009  at  08:21 PM
I saw a scientist say once that research into sexual activity is considered dirty, why is sex so taboo? It is the most natural thing in the world and is essential for continuing a species. I suspect the thousands of years of religious oppression plays a big part.
Posted by Mr R  on  Fri Dec 04, 2009  at  02:12 AM
'Sex' itself isn't taboo, but the nature by which it may be conceived and indulged by the human animal is not as fixed as it is for the rest of the animal kingdom. While sex all other animal species is a one-dimensional activity, the human animal carries this to a third-dimensional level. Except for our cousins the apes, all other animals are carried toward engagement via hormonal fluxes only. Until there is a heated time period, there is no engagement and when that time period presents, sexual activity is instinctually straight-forward followed eventually by a peaceful interlude.

The human animal though,experiences heated periods almost constantly and hormone fluxes only heighten what is constant. Add this to a more advanced brain that is also engorged with high imagination as well as ego, and you have, at times, an almost lethal mixture that overlaps other strong desires and needs beyond just the activity of sex. Mostly this falls to the male side of the human animal but not always. Rape, for example, is most often not the need to engage in 'sex' but more to do with 'control' of or intentional 'controlled fear' toward another human animal.

Religions were and are then, often the basis for necessary laws that protect from all kinds of dangers and personal boundaries. Whether or not an individual has a particular religious belief is not so important as the moral and value precepts that these systems devise to keep our own imaginations in check when those might endanger others.
Posted by hulitoons  on  Fri Dec 04, 2009  at  06:16 AM
Research is done in these areas, but researchers NEVER have to advertise for research assistants... 😉
Posted by Joel B1  on  Fri Dec 04, 2009  at  01:29 PM
So annoyed, im looking for a job and live in Leeds, this never came up on any of my jobs searches.

Very angry.
Posted by Craig Walker  on  Wed Dec 09, 2009  at  09:47 AM
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