Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- May 14, 2002
Results On Office Sex And Romance Survey By Cal State
L.A. Professor Released
"According to a new ELLE/MSNBC survey of over 30,000 people,
nine in 10 would consider dating someone from work, and nearly half
admit to engaging in some type of sexual tryst on the job. Flirting
appears to have overtaken long lunches as the No. 1 workplace diversion,"
writes Charlene Laino of MSNBC.
Posted on the ELLE.com and MSNBC.com sites now are some of the findings
from the Office Sex and Romance Survey, authored by Janet Lever, professor
of sociology at California State University, Los Angeles. An expanded
coverage of the survey results will be featured in the June issue of
ELLE magazine. Lever intends to use this rich database-which also includes
over 7,000 "stories" written by respondents who wanted to
share more of their experiences-for more rigorous analysis and academic
publications in the fields of management, human resources, and sexual
The survey, based on Lever's sabbatical research on the consequences
of workplace romances, debuted on both sites-ELLE.com and the health
cover page of MSNBC.com-on January 15, 2002. The click-and-tell survey
is the first comprehensive look at sex and romance in the workplace,
says Lever. ELLE.com and MSNBC.com users age 18 and older were invited,
from mid-January through the end of February, to answer a detailed questionnaire
about "who's flirting and sleeping with whom; where they're doing
it; and what they got out of it, good or bad." Lever adds that
the 44-item survey included many more serious questions about the sexual
climate at work that will allow her to draw conclusions about whether
sexuality is more of a burden or asset on the job, especially for women.
This is the fourth mass media survey written and analyzed by Lever,
who coauthored Glamour magazine's "Sex and Health" column
from 1991 through 1998.
Lever, who received her Ph.D. from Yale University, specializes in gender
studies, leisure studies, applied sociology, and the social consequences
of human sexuality. She joined the Cal State L.A. faculty in 1990. She
is an adjunct staff member at RAND in Santa Monica, California, where
she researches and writes on sex and health policy issues. Over the
past 30 years, Lever has taught sociology at Yale, Northwestern, UCLA,
UC San Diego, USC and Cal State L.A. She has been interviewed by CBS
on "paraparenting" (formerly known as godparenting) and by
NBC Dateline on "bisexual chic."
Janet Lever will talk about the survey results at a Faculty Colloquium
on TUESDAY, MAY 14,
12:15-1:30 p.m. in Cal State L.A.'s University - Student Union, Alhambra
Call (323) 343-3044
Contact: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director (323) 343-3044.