Thursday, July 25, 2013

Obituaries, or, I Am Curious Orange

A blast from the distant past has passed: Virginia Johnson, who at 88 was a lot younger than I thought she was, died. If you will recall, or maybe you are too young to remember or couldn't care less, Johnson was a researcher famous for her professional and personal relationship with Dr. William Masters. Both of them were very curious about human sexuality, so they decided to do some research on the subject. They wrote a number of books based on their findings. The two were also so curious about sexuality they not only observed others screwing around, they decided to screw WITH themselves.

The two got married along the way after Masters ditched his wife to marry Johnson.

"Masters & Johnson" became synonymous with the sexual revolution of the 1960s-1970s. It was like the phrases "love and marriage," or "bacon and eggs," or "oil and water." The names just simply went together.

They published two bestsellers: Human Sexual Response and Human Sexual Inadequacy. They basked in their fame and lived happily ever after.

Well, at least for awhile. The two called it quits in 1991, when Masters dumped HER for a girlfriend from his youth, and their St. Louis clinic shut down three years later. Masters died off in 2001.

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