WHAT IS SEXOLOGY, YOU ASK?

As one of the most outspoken sexologists of our time, The Rev. Ted McIlvenna has stated, “Sexology is the study of what people do sexually and how they feel about it.” That sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Well, it’s ideally simple because our society believes the myth that to study sex seems strange, frivolous, scandalous and even perverted. This makes the research, understanding and education of sex anything but simple. Yet, it couldn’t be a more important aspect of humanity. After all, it is the activity that birthed all of humanity. Then you consider that the vast majority of sexual activity is not about procreation, and you have a significant chunk of adult behavior influenced by sex for pleasure’s sake, not to mention how much of our society idealizes, exploits and stigmatizes it. So sexual health (or the lack of it) affects us all, especially when it is the key to unlocking a number of personal and societal challenges -- from sexually transmitted diseases to satisfaction in a relationship, from online chat rooms to sexual abuse, from what happens in the Oval Office to teaching our children. Learning more about sexuality can play an integral role in resolving many challenges, not to mention enhancing pleasure.