I research how our gendered experiences shape our sexual lives, particularly in regards to pleasure & orgasm.
My two 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
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. (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
Wetzel, G. M., Sanchez, D. T., & Cole, S. (invited revision). Feasibility cues during a sexual encounter impact the strength of heterosexual women’s orgasm goal pursuit.
Oral Conference Presentations
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).