The Other I

August 20, 2009

Please don’t mention sex: we’re American

Filed under: Catholicism and other questions of religion — theotheri @ 8:33 pm

In a post some time ago (Sex education in my Catholic family), I said I thought sex education in the Catholic family in which I grew up was less than informative.  I have always thought this was a result of the neurotic constriction of a church hierarchy frightened of women in general and sex in particular.

But the terrified silence that gags over the mere mention of any explicit sexual organs or sexual activities might have been broader than that covered by American Catholics.

William Masters was the author with Virginia Johnson of the ground breaking research on  human sexual activity.  In the 1950’s – when I was growing up – he was an associate professor of obstetrics at Washington University.  When he asked the library for a textbook on human sexual physiology, he was forbidden to see it because the book was reserved for the sole use of full professors.

Do you want to have a stab at the reason given by the librarians?

The book was regarded as potentially pornographic.



  1. I was just checking in to see how you are doing? Had to laugh at the title of your blog! I remember in the 60’s boxes of sanitary napkins were wrapped in newspapers! Take Care…


    Comment by djc1 — August 21, 2009 @ 12:58 am | Reply

    • It’s good to hear from you. I’ve been wondering how you are doing too. I figure it’s a good sign if we’re both still laughing anyway. TOI


      Comment by theotheri — August 21, 2009 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

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