Origin of Sexology and Modern Sex Research


Originof Sexology and Modern Sex Research

Originof Sexology and Modern Sex Research

Sexologyand modern sex research originated from a foundation based on theinseparable nature of the ordinary biological function of sex and theperversions to the function. The origin of modern sex researchemanates from the need to study the normal sexuality, and theabnormal sexuality with regard to sexual behavior (Video 1).According to both the reading by Krafft-Ebing (1886) and Video 1, theearly sex researches on the topic were the things that constitutednormal and natural sexuality. At the same time, they studied thevariations and deviations of normal sexuality. These two aspects ledto the development of concepts that have since defined sexology anddescribed the process of development of modern sex research.

Readingby Krafft-Ebing (1886) relates to the lessons of Video one that thereis no separation between the nature of the perversions of theordinary sex function and the biological sex function is the basis ofstudying the field through research. Sex research focuses on definingthe normal sexual practices and the reasons for pervasions that havebeen observed over time. The field of sex research and generalsexology is as a result of the sex research on these two ends inreference to the biological function of sex. In this regard,Krafft-Ebing (1886) explores the emergence of homosexuality andbisexuality as a major perversion from the normal sex function ofhumanity. The focus of early sexual researchers on normal sexualbehavior and practices reveals the ordinary expectations.

Accordingto Video 2, the understanding of sex in a different way gave room tothe development of sex research, especially from the nineteenthcentury. To understand sexology and modern sexuality research,researches started recognizing the difference between the biologicalfunction of sex and the perverted functions of sex. According to theVideo 2 and the reading by Brecher (1910), researchers like KarlHeinrich Ulrichs started defining research by asking questions indifferent ways that formed the basis of being inquisitive aboutsexology. The exploration of homosexuality in men by Karl HeinrichUlrichs resonates with Breacher’s explanation of arousal for sex bythings other than opposite sex as a perversion from the norm whichis considered as bizarre (Brecher 1910). The new approach to sexknowledge changed the way people view a particular sexual behavior,by defining it as normal, perverted or dysfunctional.


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Video1, Sexologyand the Emergence of Modern Sex Research. RetrievedFrom,&lthttp://history.msu.edu/iss355/sexology-and-the-emergence-of-modern-sex-research&gtJuly 9, 2015

Video2, Sexologyand the Emergence of Modern Sex Research.Retrieved From,&lthttp://history.msu.edu/iss355/sexologists-and-sex-problems-at-pathologies&gtJuly 9, 2015