The rise in non-traditional sexual relations that marked the “swinging ’60s” actually began during the ’50s. Recent analysis indicates that widespread use of penicillin, leading to a 75% decline in syphilis deaths during the 1950s, launched the modern sexual era, and not the birth control pill

9 Surprising Facts About the Scientific Study of Sex

The scientific study of sex is much more exciting than an awkward sex ed class. While writing my book Sex Weird-o-Pedia, these were some of the most interesting facts about science and sex that I came across.

1. Some sex researchers didn’t want their findings to get into the wrong hands.

The pioneering sex researcher Richard von Krafft-Ebing didn’t want his knowledge in the hands of ordinary folk. So he wrote Psychopathia Sexualis, the founding document of modern sexology—which was published in Germany in 1886 then translated and published in English in 1939—in Latin to discourage regular Joes (and/or Janes) from reading it.

2. You burn more calories mowing the lawn than you do having sex.

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  1. GasdaRoceries

    >In a 2013 study of several thousand pregnant women in the U.S. published by BMJ, about 1 percent of the participants claimed they were virgins when they gave birth. This, of course, calls into question the veracity of studies that rely on self-reported sexual behaviors.

  2. IDecideWhatYouSee

    The also say that the 60s happened in the 70s.

    Well what the hell were people doing in the 60s then?

  3. AngryTurtleGaming

    It’s like saying Queen is one of the best bands of the 80’s, but most of their biggest songs came out in the 70’s

  4. JusticeBarrett

    Something always comes from something that happened before it

  5. geoprizmboy

    I never realized how big of an issue syphilis was, it’s rumoured to have been what killed Robert Johnson.

  6. PM_UR_CLEAVAGE_GIRL

    Fun fact: A Dutch study found that female swingers are more than twice as likely to have an STI than female prostitutes. I think the numbers were 13% for swingers to 5% for prostitutes.

  7. black_flag_4ever

    > A downside of pubic grooming is that it might raise STI risk. In a study conducted by a University of Texas scholar, people who regularly shaved their pubic areas contracted STIs about 80 percent more often than those who never shaved down there. One suggestion is that those who regularly shave are more likely to tear their skin, making it easier for viruses to enter the body.

    Keep it hairy.

  8. GasdaRoceries

    So that’s according to *one* economist.

    I think the pill was probably the game-changer, not least because we’re talking about events that are within living memory, so there’s people living now who could at any time have spoken out to support the argument that penicillin was more important than the pill.

  9. cuddle_cuddle

    Wait wat.
    Non native speaker here, I have always assumed “swinging 60s” is a reference to the dance style.

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