Sex and sexology

Incorporating smut, lewdness, and prurience

⚠️ Content warning ⚠️

Sexual acts

Frontispiece from Pietro Aretino and Giulio Romano’s sexy sonnets from 1520ish

Although I have listed pornography elsewhere, I felt that some links about what people do rather than what they watch people do would be interesting. What they do sexually, I mean. The crossover is of course interesting too. How society at large manages what we do sexually is also of interest.


Wellcome’s sexology season was deleted from the internet AFAICT, but it sounded cool. See archived material:

Dunning-Kruger theory of sex

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s amusing book on search-versus-survey polls makes some provocative deductions about how closeted everyone is, in the sense of getting off on surprising things. Disclaimer: I haven’t read the book, and while I can see looking at google search data could do away with certain survey biases, there are obviously many other biases in the data, and I have no idea how/if he dealt with those.

Politics of sex

See also queerness, sexual institutions

Aella’s mapping of Political Compass Fetishes

Sexology in history

The Wellcome Sexology library has so much cool stuff! Anti-masturbation tracts, and quasi-anthropological smut, and a Pick up artist guide from 1936, sort-of.

Read Paul Collins, Spanking the Monkey, on the weird moment that was Edward Bliss Foote’s gory, mail-order, anti-racism, pro-phrenology, snake-oily, home-health-and-sex edutainment empire of the late 1800s. Some of the books they discuss are scanned and online for your reading and remixing.


Ganna, Andrea, Karin J. H. Verweij, Michel G. Nivard, Robert Maier, Robbee Wedow, Alexander S. Busch, Abdel Abdellaoui, et al. 2019. Large-Scale GWAS Reveals Insights into the Genetic Architecture of Same-Sex Sexual Behavior.” Science 365 (6456): eaat7693.
Jabbour, Jeremy, Luke Holmes, David Sylva, Kevin J. Hsu, Theodore L. Semon, A. M. Rosenthal, Adam Safron, et al. 2020. Robust Evidence for Bisexual Orientation Among Men.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 (31): 18369–77.
Zietsch, Brendan P., and Morgan J. Sidari. 2020. “The Kinsey Scale Is Ill-Suited to Most Sexuality Research Because It Does Not Measure a Single Construct.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 (44): 27080.

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