Here’s a really interesting question when you start to fully grasp it: why is there still in the 21st no sustained and intellectually rigorous study of sex and sex practices, as a discipline? Why is the knowledge that we do have divided up among half a dozen discrete professions and methods of inquiry, from medicine, to cultural anthropology, to psychology, to women’s and gender studies?

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(The simplest answer is that the subject is too hot to handle by institutions that still cannot even guarantee the continuing existence and funding of, for example, women’s studies departments).

But it’s still pretty fascinating that aside from the practical difficulties, such an important aspect of human life has barely been studied.

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I’m privileged to have taken a dedicated graduate course in sexology at a major institution, taught by someone who was well credentialed, informed, and otherwise qualified for many reasons.

This isn’t something a lot of people can say, which is bonkers.

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@eweish my uneducated guess is half divide & conquer- if no one has all the knowledge, then no one can act on the whole picture- and half the result of academia being organized into petty fiefdoms who are jealous of their knowledge

silly, lewd 

so what i'm hearing is, we need exhibitionism for science


Funnily enough, you’ve hit on one of the big institutional barriers: no one is really sure how to scientifically and ethically study human sexuality in a natural environment. Or if that’s even possible to do and reconcile with our understanding of scientific observation.

@eweish @aradinfinity

Basically we can’t observe and record human sex practices without either the subjects being aware that they’re under observation, or, violating professional and common sense ethical standards to such an extent that the data is unusable, tainted, or corrupted by questions of observation effects.

@eweish this IS an interesting question, and I would think part of it is because sex and sexuality is a dynamic and cultural issue that encompasses parts of each of this disciplines. Like each culture has its own sex practices and cultural mores around them as far as what's acceptable vs taboo, and that's tied into sociology, psychology, anthropology etc. I think it would be wildly interesting to combine them all into a rigorous field though. I just dk how to do that


It's definitely been done before and attempted many times, the trouble is getting the world to take it seriously as a field of inquiry all by itself. It would be cool to see that happen because yeah, lots of disciplines have a stake and an interest in it, but it's so rarely been set aside as something worth studying in and of itself!

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