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Version 2Welcome! My name is Christin Bowman, and I have just completed my PhD in Critical Social-Personality Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Tolman (November, 2016). My research investigates the ways the institution of heterosexuality affects how women and girls live their lives and make meaning of their experiences. Specifically, I study women’s sexuality including the following: women’s masturbation and connections to feelings of sexual empowerment; adolescent sexuality and relationships; masculinity and femininity ideologies; and the sexualization of women and girls in society. Under Deborah Tolman’s mentorship, I have also written about sexual embodiment, sex education, and engaging young women in feminist activism. I am also a research blogger and editor for the SPARK movement, which aims to push back against the sexualization of girls and women in the media and “take sexy back.”