Sonya Satinsky, PhD, MPH, is a very recent graduate of Indiana University and will begin a position as an Assistant Professor in Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kansas in August 2010. She recommends reading Elizabeth Abbott’s A History of Celibacy.
“I’m currently speeding through A History of Celibacy. It’s a really fascinating history of NOT having sex, because of cultural constraints, force, or choice. The narrative travels from ancient Greece to modern India, and all the spaces and places between. For me as a sex researcher, it offers an interesting historically contextualized counterpoint, as so often we sex researchers may think that not having sex is a sign of a problem, concern, or illness.”