I research how our gendered experiences shape our sexual lives, particularly in regards to pleasure & orgasm.
My main lines of research focus on:
how biological essentialist beliefs are used to justify & perpetuate the orgasm gap
women's pursuit of orgasm as a goal
the inclusion of pleasure in sex education
I am a member of the Close Relationships, Identity, & Stigma (CRIS) Lab at Rutgers University, led by Dr. Diana Sanchez. Click here to visit the CRIS Lab Website.
My research is supported by the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP).
Wetzel, G. M., Sanchez, D. T., & Cole, S. (2023). Feasibility cues during a sexual encounter impact the strength of heterosexual women’s orgasm goal pursuit. The Journal of Sex Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2023.2168599. Click here to read.
Wetzel, G. M. & Sanchez, D. T. (2022). Heterosexual young adults’ experience with and perceptions of the orgasm gap: A mixed methods approach. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 46(2), 131-146. https://doi.org/10.1177/03616843221076410. Click here to read.
Wetzel, G. M., Cultice, R. A., & Sanchez, D. T. (2022). Orgasm frequency predicts desire and expectation for orgasm: Assessing the orgasm gap within mixed-sex couples. Sex Roles, 86, 456-470. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-022-01280-7. Click here to read.
Manuscripts Under Review & In Preparation
Oral Conference Presentations
Wetzel, G. M., Sanchez, D. T., & Cole, S. (2023, February). Is orgasm worth pursuing? The role of feasibility cues in shaping heterosexual women’s motivation to pursue orgasm. Data blitz presented at the Sexuality Pre-Conference for the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Atlanta, GA.
Wetzel, G. M. & Sanchez, D. T. (2022, February). Can the orgasm gap be fixed? The relationship between sexism, sexuality lay beliefs, and attitudes towards the orgasm gap.Poster accepted for the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).