The History of Science, Sexuality, and Medicine

Podcast-style audio course - 14 Topics
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
Ohio University
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The History of Science, Sexuality, and Medicine

Podcast-style audio course - 14 Topics
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
Ohio University
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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What does the history of science reveal about sex and sexuality? Explore the relationship between body and sexual identity with a Harvard-educated expert.

Prior to the seventeenth century, Western attitudes toward sexuality came primarily from reading scripture. With the onset of the Atlantic slave trade and the proliferation of European colonies, however, encounters with new racial and ethnic groups raised revealed variations in sexual activity and social norms that sparked a new medical and scientific interest in sexuality. 

Presented by Myrna Perez Sheldon, recipient of the Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Award, this fascinating audio course demonstrates how the history of medical and scientific approaches to the body, as well as contemporary medical practices, have shaped modern understandings of sexuality.

In these compelling lectures, you’ll learn how science became the primary cultural authority not only on bodily desire but on the environmental factors that affect sexual identity. You’ll see why lawmakers, educators, public commentators, and religious communities increasingly look to medicine and science to under

What does the history of science reveal about sex and sexuality? Explore the relationship between body and sexual identity with a Harvard-educated expert.

Prior to the seventeenth century, Western attitudes toward sexuality came primarily from reading scripture. With the onset of the Atlantic slave trade and the proliferation of European colonies, however, encounters with new racial and ethnic groups raised revealed variations in sexual activity and social norms that sparked a new medical and scientific interest in sexuality. 

Presented by Myrna Perez Sheldon, recipient of the Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Award, this fascinating audio course demonstrates how the history of medical and scientific approaches to the body, as well as contemporary medical practices, have shaped modern understandings of sexuality.

In these compelling lectures, you’ll learn how science became the primary cultural authority not only on bodily desire but on the environmental factors that affect sexual identity. You’ll see why lawmakers, educators, public commentators, and religious communities increasingly look to medicine and science to understand sexuality, while also discovering why feminist and queer activists are often wary of purely biological definitions of human sexuality.

After studying the European origins of the scientific approach to sexuality, you’ll focus especially on the US national context, considering how medicine and science have shaped American cultural debates over LGBTQ diversities, contraception and abortion, as well as sexual health, desire, and morality.

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Myrna Perez Sheldon is an expert on the history and science of sexuality and gender. The 2020 recipient of the History of Science Society’s Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Award, she holds a doctorate in the history of science from Harvard University. Prof. Sheldon was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University, and has also held fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and in the Darwin Correspondence Project at Cambridge University. Her writing explores how both evolutionary science and Christianity influence racial and sexual identities in the United States.

Praise for Prof. Myrna Sheldon

“Myrna Perez Sheldon is a leading voice in American history. Her insightful analysis reveals the public voice of scientists in American society, the role of religious thought in lives of evolutionists and their critics, and the venues through which gender and race have served as important subjects of inquiry for scientists from a wide array of disciplines. Most importantly, Sheldon has shown how the choices made by scholars in both the sciences and the humanities are inevitably tied to our perspectives as real people living in the world.”
–Erika Lorraine Milam, Professor of History, Princeton University

“Dr. Myrna Sheldon is a masterful teacher covering some of the most pressing issues within contemporary science.”
–Terence Keel, Associate Professor, Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA

  1. Enlightenment Environment
  2. Colonial Sexual Diversity
  3. American Anthropology and Hybrid Women
  4. Breeding Slaves
  5. Sexual Selection
  6. Sexual Restraint
  7. Sex Differences
  8. Sexual Personalities
  9. Sexy Brains
  10. The Female Orgasm
  11. A Natural History of Rape
  12. Gay Genes
  13. A Rainbow of Gender
  14. Religion and Reproductive Technologies

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