The past few weeks I have been greatly enjoying the tv series “How Sex Changed The World” (it’s on the History Channel’s sibling station H2). According to History’s website, the series is about one of the necessary things to survival; “powerful need that has transformed history, silently steering us at every turn… sex. HOW SEX CHANGED THE WORLD spans thousands of years and sheds light on how sex has changed history.”
In two sentences, they have made it possible for my history nerd friends to not only get along with, but have several conversations with my sex geek friends.
While I do think if you are interested in sex and history this is worthy of watching, I have one contention with the program. During the voice over that begins each episode, they mention how interesting and unique this is, especially because these are “the stories you won’t find in textbooks.” I’m curious about which kind of textbooks they’ve been reading?
While I surely wasn’t attempting to be a sex researcher in elementary school, I did learn about the Comstock Laws (part of the episode I most recently saw). And, if you are someone who has taken the Human Sexuality class I teach on a college campus, I spend a good week on the history of sex education, and how we’ve learned what we know (or sometimes, what we think we know). I get that this is part of their spiel, but sex geeks all over may have been rolling their eyes.