Oct 02 2010

Am I supposed to be giving sex advice now?

Why is Dan Savage in Indiana? Have we traded places?

Though I am genuinely curious. He’s been making posts about being in Bloomington, IN for a while – almost since I moved to Seattle. Is IU getting up to some awesome sexual shenanigans again? Man, why can’t Purdue be cool enough to have Dan Savage visit, let alone camp out there?

I mean, I’ve always been the unofficial Sex Advice Giver of my group of friends, thanks to scientific curiosity. Freshman year of high school I had the “Birds and the Bees” event in Science Olympiad, which forced me to learn a lot about human sexually. Soon I had read everything on Scarlet Teen and Ask Anne, and then I spent many years listening to Love Line. And then I spent many years listening to the Savage Lovecasts to undo most of the sexist crap I learned from Love Line (though it wasn’t all bad). Add to that the four classes I took at Purdue dealing with sex*, and all the random books** and papers I’ve read, and… well, yep, I’m a bit academically obsessed.

So, sex advice wouldn’t be out of character for me. Though I guess I’m really only qualified to talk about rodent sexuality. I’m going to guess no one is having problems with their partner’s copulatory plugs.


*For the curious:
Sex, Gender, & Sexology (Health and Kinesiology Dept)
Human Sexuality (Psychology Dept)
Evolutionary Psychology (Psychology Dept)
Sex & Evolution (Biology Dept)

**I highly recommend:
Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation
The Red Queen
As Nature Made Him


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  1. 1

    Wait, do you mean Adam’s feelings about women, he seemed to be just as hard on men as I remember.~Rhaco

  2. 2

    Sexual academics are the coolest thing in the world. Every few months I start seriously thinking I need to take whatever I need to take in order to study sex professionally.

  3. 3
    Thomas Everett Haynes

    I smell original research…

  4. 4
    Kate Martin

    I second the Red Queen. Great book, except I read it 12 years ago and I can’t remember much of anything except that watching human courtship behavior makes me giggle now.

  5. 5

    ya know, I’ve never understood why original research was bad,cause at some point at least one of the sources sited did original research themselves.but it’s probably just ignorance on my part.

  6. 6
    Andrew Hall

    I was talking with a female friend of mine about her realtionship. “What,” I said, “the parts between sex? Not really that interesting.”http://www.laughinginpurgatory

  7. 7

    Actually, I’m really having a lot of trouble with mine… O.o

  8. 8

    The only sex advice you need:1. Make sure you hear a YES!2. Use protection and get tested!3. Have more. Lots more!

  9. 9

    Copulatory plugs? Well, you shouldn’t have problems as long as you go slow and the flange on the base isn’t a bad shape to get sucked in…

  10. 10

    The Unitarians have a tremendous sex ed program called Our Whole Life (OWL) for 12 to 14 yr. olds. It made our daughter the sexpert of her middle school. She would come home and roll her eyes at the misinformation her classmates believed.

  11. 11

    Oh thanks for letting me borrow the Dr. Tatianna book. Once I finally read it, I thought it was great! Entertaining and informative!

  12. 12

    hhhmmm … what is your reason for recommending “As Nature intended”? just out of curiosity…

  13. 13

    The point of not allowing original research is to prevent unverified results from being treated the same as peer reviewed research. It is not really the original part that is considered bad, it is that whatever led to the conclusions of the research has not been shown to be repeatable.

  14. 14

    I have to remember this. I wish the local fellowship had services at a more convenient time…

  15. 15
    Thomas Everett Haynes

    I was talking more along the lines of conducting original research on sex, but ok…

  16. 16

    I heard the podcast where Dan had Adam Carolla on. It got ugly.

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