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How I Got Into Sex:
Leading Researchers, Sex Therapists, Educators, Prostitutes, Sex Toy Designers, Sex Surrogates, Transsexuals, Criminologists, Clergy, and more...

Bonnie Bullough, R.N. Ph.D.
Vern L. Bullough, R.N., Ph.D.
Marilyn A. Fithian, Ph.D.
William E. Hartman, Ph.D.
Randy Sue Klein, Ph.D.

1997, Prometheus Books
480 Pages

From the Cover

Sex is the most basic human drive, and has been the subject of endless speculation.   Yet those who have set out to study the wondrous diversity of sexuality have often been met with resistance and ridicule.

If you're interested in sex - and who isn't? - here's a book you have to read.   "How I Got into Sex? is a fascinating collection of over forty individuals ranging in age from their mid-twenties to their mid-eighties, each of whom has a unique story to tell about the forces and influences that led to his or her interest in entering the sex field.  Among the contributors are male-to-female and female-to-male transsexuals, cross-dressers, openly gay men and lesbians, a sex toy manufacturer a married Catholic priest, a sex surrogate, and a musician-turned-sexologist.

Everyone is a student of sex; gut who are today's sex and gender professionals?   Sexology, or sexual science, is a comparatively young field, although its modern roots go back many decades and its history, rooted in philosophy, anatomy, physiology, and related sciences, is centuries old.  The contributors to this volume come from a variety of fields, including medicine, nursing, history, sociology, law, biology, anthropology, and psychology.  While several are academics, others pursue careers as journalists, activists, therapists, or leaders of consciousness-raising groups.  Many came to sexology serendipitously.  They seemed unconsciously to be following the advice given to famed sexologist William Masters: Become established in another field first, establish a "serious" reputation, and then study sex.  All those included here have inherently known that they were treading on delicate areas of the public psyche.  In fact, a theme running through this book is how traditional attitudes, particularly the recent climate of intolerance fostered by religious conservatives and others, have negatively affected funding for sex research and thwarted sex education in schools.  These extraordinary and intimate life stories show that sexologists are not out merely to get their kicks, but are serious people dedicated to developing and enhancing their profession.  Their valuable personal accounts reveal much about our society's current attitudes to sex.

Table of Contents

1. Personal Experience Becomes Professional Involvement - Elizabeth Rice Allgeier, Ph.D.

2. From Roman Catholicism to Sexology - Rich Allgeier, Ph.D.

3. Cop, Call Girl, and COYOTE Activist - Norma Jean Almodovar

4. Sex and Serendipity - Lonnie Barbach, Ph.D.

5. How We Got into Sex - Bonnie Bullough, R.N., Ph.D., and Vern L. Bullough, R.N., Ph.D.

6. How I Came to Be a Sexology Journalist - Jan Morris Dailey

7. Cultural Psychologist to Sexologist - Clive M. Davis, Ph.D.

8. Coming of Age in the Land of Two Genders - Dallas Denny, M.A.

9. How I Became a Sexologist - Holly Devor, Ph.D.

10. The Road to Paradise - Milton Diamond, Ph.D.

11. Our Accidental Entry into Sex - Dwight Dixon, J.D., Ph.D., and Joan R. Dixon, Ph.D.

12. How I Became the Guru of Female Sexual Liberation - Betty Dodson, Ph.D.

13. How I Became Interested in Sexology and Sex Therapy - Albert Ellis, Ph.D.

14. The Sex History of an Average American Housewife - Marilyn A. Fithian, Ph.D.

15. From Theology to Evolution to Embryology to Sex: The Making of One Sexologist - Robert T. Francoeur, Ph.D.

16. The Evolution of a Sex Researcher - Paul H. Gebhard Ph.D.

17. Homophobia and My Career in Sex - Kenneth D. George, Ph.D.

Table of Contents (cont'd)

18. Psychiatry, Sexology, and the Law - Richard Green, M.D., J.D.

19. Penis Power - Gary Griffin

20. Life as a Sexologist - William E. Hartman, Ph.D.

21. Second Generation - Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D.

22. Early Transgenderist - Ariadne Kane, M.A.

23. A Student's Perspective - Randy Sue Klein, Ph.D.

24. From Design to Sexology - Ronald R. McAllister, Ph.D.

25. Autobiography of a Feminist Sexual Scientist - Naomi B. McCormick, Ph.D.

26. The Making of a Sexual Revolutionary - Robert McGinley, Ph.D.

27. Finding God in Sex - Ted McIlvenna, Ph.D.

28. How I Became Interested in Sexology - Earle M. Marsh, M.D.

29. Pioneer Researcher in Childhood Sexuality - Floyd M. Martinson, Ph.D.

30. Serendipities on the Sexological Pathway to Research in Gender Identity and Sex Reassignment - John Money, Ph.D.

31. Combining Sex and Medicine - Charles Moser, M.D., Ph.D.

32. "I Wanna Be Good": Sexual Guilt in a Sexologist - Donald L. Mosher, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

33. Female-to-Male Transsexual: Transsexual Sexologist - Jude Patton

34. Penology and Sex - William E. Prendergast, Ph.D.

35. My Accidental Career - Virginia Prince, Ph.D.

36. No Straight Line: A Scientist's Autobiography - J.M. Reinisch, Ph.D.

37. Making a Living in Sex: An Autobiographical Account - Ira L. Reiss, Ph.D.

38. The Sex Surrogate - Barbara Roberts

39. How I Became Interested in Sexology: A Personal Journey - Herbert Samuels, Ph.D.

40. A Leader Grows in Brooklyn - Patrician Schiller, Ph.D.

41. Timing Is Everything:  From the Sexual Revolution to Sex Research - Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D.

42. Sex: The Spiritual Catalyst - Kenneth Ray Stubbs, Ph.D.

43. The Naive Priest - Harry Walsh, Ed.D.

44. You Didn't Know about Me - Martin S. Weinberg, Ph.D.

45. Love Child: My Career as a Sexologist Pioneer, Prover, and Critic - James D. Weinrich, Ph.D.

46. How I Became Interested in Sexology - Beverly Whipple, R.N., Ph.D.

Readers' Comments


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kasmir justin williams  kasmir7@aol.com

I have to agree with the finds inreference to "Sex is the most basic of all human needs". It is the driving force of relationship and the society. If it was for animal instinct to mate. Humankind never would of developed. How can a parent prohibit their teenages from engaging in the act of sexual intercourse. Is that very act the result of them being here as a teenage. I say teach them all they need to understand that sex is not a bad thing. It is how a person was introduce to it that is the result of prostitution, sex perversion, and other divenate behavior. If you have any questions inregard to my comments here please email me at the above address..