Founding the International Academy of Sex Research
By International Academy of Sex Research
The early 1970s was a watershed period for sexological science. A book on sexual function and another on sexual dysfunction were international bestsellers. The World Health Organization defined “sexual health”. Nearly every American medical school incorporated human sexuality into its curriculum. The right to use a contraceptive and the right of a woman to terminate her pregnancy were affirmed by the highest U.S. court. And, millions of men and women queued to watch Linda Lovelace perform fellatio in the film “Deep Throat”.
In the early 1970s sexual scientists were members of a diverse group of disciplines and isolated professional organizations. There was no common meeting ground for exchange between the relatively few scholars, world-wide, committed to sex research. There was no opportunity for sharing, either in person or on the printed page.