- Special issue introduction:Research presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Toronto, Ontario, October 11–13, 2018
As President of the Canadian Sex Research Forum (CSRF), I take great pride in introducing this special issue of The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality (CJHS), based on research presented at the 45th annual meeting of the CSRF in Toronto, ON, in October 2018.
This issue represents the 11th consecutive year that the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN), via CJHS, has dedicated space in its pages to original research presented at CSRF. In this way, SIECCAN is one of our most valued partners in helping us fulfill our vision of being Canada's leading organization dedicated to interdisciplinary sex research and our mission of providing our members with opportunities for exchange and transfer of evidence-based knowledge.
Sexuality researchers and sex research organizations are not immune from the challenges facing society at large. While we hope to reflect and shape our culture's attitudes and values based on the evidence we collect and interpret, we have to make an effort to understand how we as researchers are shaped by those very same attitudes and values, and how that influences the work we do. In doing so, we can begin to see the gaps that exist in our collective bodies of work and work inclusively to fill them. At our most recent meeting in Toronto, we began to confront some of these gaps in earnest, especially as they relate to the feeling of inclusion of historically excluded sexual minorities and our relationship with Indigenous peoples.
As CSRF begins to approach its 50th year, I cannot help but look out at where we are and think about how different it must be compared to that imagined by our early members nearly 50 years ago. Some of those differences are reflected in the articles presented in this issue. For example, Sakaluk and Fisher remind us that the very foundation of our field, psychological measurement, is an evolving concept that is different today than it was 50 years ago and that it will continue to change and evolve over the next 50 years and beyond. Falconer and Humphreys and Strugo and Muise take familiar concepts, such as infidelity and social motivation, but apply them to new technologies that could hardly have been conceived of decades ago. It is clear that CSRF will continue to be a relevant and important part of the sex research community in Canada for a long time to come.
On behalf of all our members, I want to thank SIECCAN for its ongoing commitment to CSRF. In particular, special thanks are extended to the Editors, Associate Editors, and Editorial Board of CJHS for their careful peer review of the manuscripts included in this special issue. We look forward to welcoming you all at our 46th annual meeting in Victoria, BC, October 17–19, 2019. For more information, please visit www.canadiansexresearchforum.com. [End Page 83]