March 21, 2014 |
THE naughty poster for "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" has a Brady Bunch-ish arrangement of the film's actors, each wearing a suggestive expression. But suggestive of what? I studied the photos, and it's hard to say whether the subjects are in the throes of ecstasy, or doing their taxes. And some viewers, no doubt, will demand a refund after this new Lars von Trier provocation, purportedly an inquiry into human sexuality featuring a few minutes of (highly explicit) buggery and many more minutes of windbaggery.
October 21, 2013 |
Life without sex might be safer but it would be unbearably dull. It is the sex instinct which makes women seem beautiful, which they are once in a blue moon, and men seem wise and brave, which they never are at all. Throttle it, denaturalize it, take it away, and human existence would be reduced to the prosaic, laborious, boresome, imbecile level of life in an anthill. - H.L. Mencken It is one of life's little ironies that the idea of our parents having sex makes us cringe, given that most of us owe our existence to their having done so. And the thought of grandparents getting it on?
July 27, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - Virginia Johnson, 88, the Missouri farm girl who helped redefine the understanding of human sexuality as half of the husband-wife team whose sex studies in the 1960s turned them into worldwide celebrities and best-selling authors, died Wednesday. The pioneering researcher, who was at an assisted-living facility in St. Louis, suffered complications from various illnesses, her son Scott Johnson told the Associated Press on Thursday. He said the family was planning a private funeral.
June 22, 2012 |
Q: I am into S&M — and I don't mean Steve and Mia. I am a sub, but my husband is not a dom. When we started dating five years ago, I refused to have sex until I was able to reveal myself. I told him to research it and get back to me if he was still interested. He did come back, and we had an incredible relationship for three years. Then we married and the first year was great. But over the past year he has slowly gotten rid of my sexual paraphernalia. He has pushed me into what I term vanilla sex. Initially, I gave in because it was something he needed, and since he gave me what I wanted, it was only fair.
May 10, 2011 |
W HITNEY HOUSTON still has a problem. A rep for the "I Will Always Love You (Crack)" singer confirmed yesterday that Whitney is back in rehab, participating in an out-patient program for drug and alcohol treatment. She says it is a voluntary measure and part of Houston's "long-standing" recovery process. Whitney has battled drug addiction for years. But in 2009, as she released a comeback album, she declared herself healthy and clean. Not so much. Her 2010 tour overseas was plagued by missed performances and missed notes, and Whitney received negative reviews from fans who were disappointed in the quality of her voice and the price of tickets.
March 18, 2007 |
Dr. Harold I. Lief, 89, a psychiatrist and emeritus professor at the University of Pennsylvania and an early advocate for the teaching of human sexuality, died of heart failure Thursday at home in Bryn Mawr. He became interested in sex education in 1967 when he joined the Penn faculty as head of the Division of Family Study. His mission was to prepare medical students to cope with future patients' sexual and marital problems, but found that the students themselves had issues. "Many students," he told The Inquirer in 1967, "were ignorant, embarrassed and anxious about the subject.
November 19, 2004 |
By the time the opening credits of Kinsey are done with, audiences have already learned a great deal about the pioneer researcher who stirred up postwar America with his findings on sex. Alfred C. Kinsey was the son of a puritan of astounding zealotry (we see the Methodist sermonizer condemning the zipper, for instance, for offering "speedy access to moral oblivion"); Kinsey was an Eagle Scout; he loved science; he found peace in the natural world; and, maybe, as a teen, he looked at his best friend with something more than buddy-ish affection.
April 27, 2002 |
As the cardinals return from their meeting with Pope John Paul II, expect the drumbeat to increase for the church to abandon its teaching on human sexuality. Though cloaked in legitimate concern about the sex-abuse scandal, many of those leading the charge for reform have far broader aims than ridding the church of pedophile priests. For about 40 years, elite opinion leaders have been openly contemptuous of Catholic teaching on sexual morality and would like to use this opportunity to prove their point.
February 19, 2001 |
Dr. William H. Masters, 85, one of the first and leading researchers in the field of human sexuality, died in a Tucson, Ariz., hospital Friday of complications from Parkinson's disease, a hospital spokeswoman said.. Partnered with Virginia Johnson, who later became his wife, Dr. Masters conducted interviews and observed sex in the act, researching biological responses and monitoring the physiology of sexual arousal. Based on that research, the pair published Human Sexual Response in 1966, which became a best-seller despite its technical language.