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Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male

Dr. Andrew Smiler (Wake Forest University)

Wed, March 19, 2014 | BUR 214

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male

Dr. Andrew Smiler’s sexuality research focuses on normative aspects of sexual development, such as age and perception of first kiss, first “serious” relationship, and first intercourse among 15-25 year olds. He also studies variations in the definitions of masculinity, including “jocks,” “rebels,” and “nerds.”

In his new book, Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male, Smiler debunks the myth that teenage boys and young men are barely able to control their sex drives, which may lead to destructive hyper-sexuality, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Smiler wants us to recognize that the majority of boys and men do not fit this stereotype and that boys’ sexual development is multi-faceted. He will also show how a shift in our own attitudes could help create young men who are more mature and have better relationships with partners and friends. In his talk, Dr. Smiler will explain how the Casanova Complex has developed over time, provide the latest research on male sexuality, and offer guidance for parents and counselors of boys who want to help develop lasting and meaningful relationships, and for parents of girls dating these young men.

Andrew Smiler is a research psychologist who studies masculinity and young men’s sex lives. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Wake Forest University where he teaches Developmental Psychology (Lifespan) and Research in Developmental Psychology. Prior to Wake Forest he taught at SUNY Oswego -- Research Designs and Applications in Human Development, Analysis of Psychological Data, Research Methods in Psychology, Adolescent Psychology and Children, Adolescents, and the Media.

He received his Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire and did a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. During the 5 years working as a family therapist in the Philadelphia suburbs, Dr. Smiler began teaching undergraduates and leading continuing education seminars for professionals. His research on young men’s sex lives looks at how males age 15-25 learn about all aspects of sexuality: dating, romantic relationships, and sexual behaviors from kissing through intercourse. His focus is on identifying what’s typical and when people do those typical things. Challenging Casanova is a book that summarizes what we know, including his own research

For more information, visit personal webpage ( and the book's webpage (

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