\ Networking Via Computer Lists


Copyright Bryan Strong & Christine DeVault. The Resource Book: A Teaching Tool Kit for Human Sexuality. IM Accompanying Human Sexuality, Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co. (forthcoming January 14, 1994).

Over the last decade, millions of individuals, including instructors, scholars, and researchers, have developed discussion groups for their special interests. The computer network lists briefly described below represent various types of lists: scholars and researchers, activists, and general discussion groups. They are connected via computer highways, especially INTERNET and BITNET. Some of the discussion groups are scholarly, most are not, but the computer network ethic is one of open access. We do not know the quality of each of these lists, but it is a time-honored tradition in networking to try your luck. If the lists don't meet your needs, unsubscribe.

In our own work, we have found SSSSTALK, FAMLYSCI, and TIPS, composed of university and college instructors and researchers, to be especially valuable. Scholars on these lists have critiqued different aspects of this textbook and have shared their cutting-edge research with us.

If you need assistance in gaining access to these lists, ask your institution's computer consultants to assist you. They are more than willing to help you use your system to the utmost.


ACT-UP is for AIDS activism. Silence=Death/Action=Life. To subscribe, send request to: act-up-request@world.std.com

AIDS-STAT is an AIDS statistics mailing list. To subscribe, send request to: AIDS-STAT-Request@wubios.wustl.edu

AIDSNEWS is a list for HIV/AIDS news. To subscribe, send request to: Listserv@RUTVM1 (BITNET) or Listserv@RUTVM1.bitnet (Internet)

ALTERNATES is a discussion group primarily for bisexual men and women interested in an "open sexual lifestyle." Discussions may be R or X rated. To subscribe, send request to: alternates-request@qiclab.scn.rain.com

BIFEM-L is a moderated list for bisexual women only. To subscribe, email LISTSERV@BROWNVM (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU.

BISEXU-L is a list for discussing bisexual issues for individuals of all orientations; open to anyone. Subscription requests should be sent to LISTSERV@BROWNVM (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU (Internet).

CDFORUM is a discussion group for cross-dressing and related issues. To subscribe, send request to : uunet!samsung!wizvax!cdforum-request May also be reached by sending request to: cdforum-request@wizvax.methuen.ma.us

        FAMLYSCI is for family scholars, family life educators, and             
        those interested in personal relationships.  To subscribe, send         

request to LISTSERV@UKCC.UKY.EDU (Internet).

FEMINISM-DIGEST makes the USENET newsgroup soc.feminism available in digest form via e-mail for those who get Usenet or who prefer the digest format. To subscribe, send a request to

        FEMINISM-DIGEST@NCAR.UCAR.EDU (Internet) or                             
        FEMINISM-DIGEST%NCAR.UCAR.EDU@NCARIO (Bitnet).                          
        Recipients can respond to postings by sending                           
        messages to FEMINISM@NCAR.UCAR.EDU (Internet) or                        
        FEMINISM%NCAR.UCAR.EDU@NCARIO (Bitnet).                                 
     GAYNET focuses on gay and lesbian issues in college.  Subscription         

requests should be sent to GAYNET- REQUEST@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Internet).

GLB-NEWS is a "read-only" depository of information for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, and other interested individuals. Send subscription requests to LISTSERV@BROWNVM (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU (Internet).

(For a more extensive compilation of gay/lesbian/bi- and transsexual e-mail lists, send the following message to LISTSERV@UMDD or LISTSERV@UMDD.UMD.EDU: GET LESBIGAY LISTS WMST-L).

H-WOMEN is for scholars and teachers in women's history. Send subscription requests to LISTSERV@UICVM (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@UICVM.UIC.EDU (Internet).

HUMBIO-LA@ACC.FAU.EDU is a human biology interest group. To subscribe, send request to LISTSERV@ACC.FAU.EDU (Internet)

INFO-AIDS is an AIDS information mailing list. To subscribe, send request to: info-aids@rainbow.uucp

MAIL-MEN for men and women to discuss men's issues. To subscribe, send requests to MAIL-MEN-REQUEST@ATTUNIX.ATT.COM (Internet).

MENOPAUS is a menopause discussion list. Send subscription requests to LISTSERV@PSUHMC (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@PSUHMC.HMC.PSU.EDU (Internet).

QUEER NATION is for gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgenderist activists. To subscribe, send request to: qn- request@athena.mit.edu

SASH (Sociologists Against Sexual Harassment) is focuses on sexual harassment. To subscribe, e-mail Phoebe M. Stambaugh, AZPXS@ASUACAD (Bitnet) or AZPXS@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU (Internet).

SEXUAL-POLITICS posts discussions relating to sexual politics. To subscribe, send request to: Sexual-politics-request@reagan.ai.mit.edu

SSSSTALK is a discussion list for people involved or interested in sex research. Send subscription request to LISTSERV@TAMVM1 (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@TAMVM1.TAMU.EDU (Internet).

STOPRAPE is a sexual assault activist list. The subscription address is LISTSERV@BROWNVM (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU (Internet).

TIPS is an excellent list for instructors "Teaching In Psyschology." To subscribe, send request to: LISTSERV%FRE.FSU.UMD.EDU (Internet) or. LISTSERV%FRE.FSU.UMD.EDU@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU (Bitnet).

TRANSGEN for transsexual, transgender, transvestite discussion and support. To subscribe, send request to listserv@brownvm (BITNET) or listserv@brownvm.brown.edu (Internet).

WMN-HLTH is a Women's Health Electronic News Line maintained by Center for Women's Health Research. Send subscription requests to LISTSERV@UWAVM (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@UWAVM.U.WASHINGTON.EDU (Internet).

WMST-L@UMDD.UMD a list devoted to scholars involved in women's studies. Send subscription requests to LISTSERV@UMDD.UMD (Bitnet).


Lists with LISTSERV or COMSERVE addresses are managed with automated software. To subscribe to such a list, send the following message to the address given: SUB <listname> <Your Name>, where <listname> is the name of the list and <Your Name> is your real name, not your e-mail account id. E.g., SUB GENDER Nancy Smith.

If a list does not have a LISTSERV or COMSERVE address, include your name and e-mail address at the end of your message asking to subscribe. If you have problems sending mail to these lists, ask the computer people at your institution for help.

INTERNET uses the form "listname-request account" to handle administrative questions. Use the -request address to subscribe/unsubscribe.

INTERNET addresses take the form: Listname@node.site.domain

BITNET mailing lists are often (but not always) run by an automated mailing program called LISTSERV. When subscribing to a LISTSERV list, send a message to LISTSERV@HOST (where site is the specific Bitnet host). To subscribe, use form: "sub listname your_name." To unsubscribe, send the same listserv the message: "signoff listname".

BITNET addresses use the form: Listname@listhost.


USENET is a conferencing discussion network among (mostly) UNIX systems. Some INTERNET/ BITNET discussion groups are gatewayed onto USENET, and vice-versa. USENET discussions are organized into newsgroups. Those newsgroups with alt. prefixes are the most likely to deal with material relating to sexuality.

If you don't have access to a UNIX system with news, one alternative is subscribing to a "public access" UNIX site. The Well (415-332-7190 [login:newuser], 415-332-4335 [voice]) carries the full USENET feed and $10/month and $2/hr.

Usenet has "newsgroups" which carry discussions on numerous topics, including human sexuality, gender, health issues, and so on. Many groups whose name begins with "alt.sex" deal with sexual issues. There are also dungeons and dragons type lists devoted to sexual encounters in which individuals assume a character's roles and have sexual encounters with other characters.

The newsgroups are public. Since methods of accessing Usenet newsgroups vary, ask the computer people at your university how to access them on your system.

Sample Newsgroups

alt.politics.homosexuality -- Political discussion of homosexuality.

rec.arts.bodyart -- Tatoos, piercing, etc.

alt.sex.bondage -- Domination and submission


These systems may or may not be connected to INTERNET/BITNET/USENET, but may be of interest.


Compuserve supports a Human Sexuality Forum (HSX-100 [general], and HSX-200 [adult]). CompuServe CB Simulator has channels that are primarily sexual, including heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexuals, transvestites, and transsexuals.


The 'Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link' (WELL) carries the complete USENET feed, and has a many sexual forums, gay conference (g gay), and an AIDS conference (g aids) on the system. It can be reached through the CompuServe network and has an e-mail link to the Internet.


Fidonet is a store-and-forward network for PC-BBS's. There are national "echomail" conferences that are "lesbigaytrans" related, but I don't have any good information on them. There is a Fidonet/Internet mail gateway. (See PC-BBS listings below.)


There are thousands of local BBS's, many of which are sexually oriented. A national list of BBS's is available from the P.D.S.L.O. BBS at (516) 938-6722.

Information provider:
Unit: H-Net program at UIC History Department Email: H-Net@uicvm.uic.edu
Posted: 4 Dec 1994

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