Kinsey, Western Sexuality & Technosexuality

For those who missed this, Alfred Kinsey was the great de-mystifier of sex – who came onto the scene in the 40s with a bang. You could say that he singlehandedly helped create a new language of sexualities. He turned to the study of human sexual behavior after being asked to teach a marriage guidance course at Indiana University in Bloomington. The publication of the two Kinsey Reports (on male behavior in 1948 and female behavior in 1953) would plunge his life into a controversy that has not relented to this day (see below). If you want, there is a great film about Kinsey starring Liam Neeson and his ground-breaking contribution released in 2004 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_(film).

 

Sexual behavior in the human male/female

When published in 1948 this volume encountered a maelstrom of condemnation and acclaim. It is, however, a milestone on the path toward a scientific approach to the understanding of human sexual behavior. This volume is based upon histories of approximately 5,300 males which were collected during a staggering fifteen year period. This study is most renowned for its shedding of light on homosexuality in the human male, of which it claims approximately 37% of men have had one or more homosexual encounters in their entire lifetime. This is the type of bomb-shell controversy I talked about earlier, especially given the rather considerable sample size.

Sexual Behavior in the Human Female was originally published in 1953, five years after the male volume. The material presented in this book was derived from personal interviews with nearly 6,000 women and from studies in sexual anatomy, physiology, psychology, and endocrinology. The authors show how factors such as age, the decade of birth, and religious adherence are reflected in patterns of sexual behavior. Furthermore, the authors compare female and male sexual activities and account for the similarities and differences between them.

Locked away in our bedrooms

Kinsey uncovered a vast, up until then a hidden world of variant sexual behavior. What best describes it is what people said and did was not one and the same. He uncovered the near-universality of male and female masturbation, a wide prevalence of sex among the young, common enough premarital and extramarital intercourse. Brace yourselves – a lot of anal sex, fellatio, and even zoophilia, as well as famously, high rates of homosexual behavior.

With respect to the latter finding (homosexuality), one commenter on this body of work said:  as a gay man, this book would have been very useful earlier in life…realizing I’m more “normal” than I ever would have imagined and those who fight to keep the truths hidden are doing so under a guise of authority and morality (both of which are complete lies.

The controversy lives on…

The debate about what Kinsey means in today’s world and our sexuality in it is as relevant as it was 70 years ago.

As one commenter said in response to Kinsey’s lasting legacy: we need to update sexual attitude; we have a schizophrenic attitude to it; we need to take sex out of the closet. As long as it is dealt with in the current confusion of ignorance and denial that corrupts intellectual honesty and human dignity.

Another one added: It is very shocking that how little acknowledgment this book receives in modern times. It would be safe to say that this book was the first major credible investigation undertaken by any serious scientist on the commercial scale in sexology. 

Technosexuality: where does it take us?

With the advent of new technology – going beyond the mere porn watching, we are gradually seeing a transformation in the sexual behavior of both the male and the female. There are some providers out there offering 3D immersive sexual experience. The viewers can try two perspectives of view – including standard point-of-view (POV) and third-party-view (VOYEUR). Whether the experience recipient wants to be immersed in a detailed VR scene as a virtual participant or prefers to witness it all from a third-party perspective, now he/she has the freedom to choose the preferred experience. And this is just the tip of the iceberg – with gadgets allowing for remote pleasuring of one another via a device that syncs with a mobile phone, the sky is the limit. So does the good prevail over the bad as we apply technology to our sex lives?

Innovative sex therapists. Dr. Holly Richmond who is also a somatic psychologist and certified sex therapist based in California and studies technosexuality and its effects on patients thinks so. Dr. Richmond and her colleagues believe VR is at the forefront of a movement toward improved sexual health – with immersive VR capture techniques leading the practice.

According to Dr. Richmond, immersive VR content in the service of sex therapy has a wide range of use cases inpatient treatment and is a powerful tool for sexual exploration for someone who is not comfortable being with a partner for either developmental or trauma-based reasons. In addition, Dr. Richmond has seen Reality Lovers’ VR help decrease sexual inhibition and serve as “practice” sex for someone with social anxiety.

So there you have it. If you got this far down, kudos – leave us your thoughts on the subject. We’d love to hear from you!

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