December 12, 2012

What They Are Reading: Terry Humphreys

Book recommendations from experts in the fields of sexuality, gender, health, science, and relationships.

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Terry Humphreys, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Trent University in Ontario, Canada and President of the Canadian Sex Research Forum. He recommends reading Patchen Barss’ The Erotic Engine: How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google.

“Barss does a wonderful job highlighting the role that pornography has historically played and continues to play in advancing the technologies that allow us to communicate. We have long understood that while the technology may change, we always find a way to use it to communicate our sexuality. This book demonstrates that the drive to communicate sexually has actually revolutionized the technology itself. From the VCR to much of the take-it-for-granted technology used by the Internet today, you can thank porn. You may be surprised just how much thanking you need to do!”

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