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Whether It’s “Appropriate” To Talk/Write/Blog About Sex

I am occasionally seized with fear that someone will find it “inappropriate” that I talk and blog and write about sexuality as much as I do. While recently reading Mary Roach’s book Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, it struck me how many sex researchers have been vilified as perverted freaks for being interested in what is, in the end, a near-universal human bodily and social phenomenon. However, upon further inspection, I believe that “inappropriateness” complaints can be filed into one of two categories, which can tell us something about what is actually being criticized or covered up. The first reason someone might call something sexual “inappropriate” is due to a belief about what the “appropriate” context for sexual stuff might be. So, they might not want their kids to see nudity in a movie, or be exposed to words that describe sexual acts or body parts. Continue Reading →