“Sex in America, Then and Now: The Lasting Legacy of Masters and Johnson”

  • November 3, 2016 • 5 PM – 6 PM
  • Graham Chapel

Why You Should Listen:

“We are doctors, for Christ’s sake, and I simply want to know what happens to the body during sex.”

When the actor Michael Sheen, playing WashU doctor William Masters on the hit TV show, Masters of Sex, utters this line, we are shocked to realize that in 1950s America, not even obstetricians knew the first thing about the biological and psychological processes that occur during sex.

On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Masters’ and Johnson’s landmark study, “Human Sexual Response,” their biographer, Thomas Maier, and the Showtime series creator and show runner, Michelle Ashford, will discuss their continuing impact on our culture and our psyches.