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Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex

February 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Author Rachel Feltman will talk about her forthcoming book.

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Roman physicians told female patients they should sneeze out as much semen as possible after intercourse to avoid pregnancy. Historical treatments for erectile dysfunction included goat testicle transplants. Sex has changed in a million ways since Adam and Eve, the original awkward virgins, and in a million others it hasn’t. With unstoppable curiosity and mischievous humor, science writer Rachel Feltman debunks myths, breaks down stigma, and uses the long, outlandish history of sex to dissect present-day practices, attitudes, and taboos in. Feltman will share some of her favorite misconceptions about sex, with a particular eye toward the oft-misrepresented Victorian era.

Rachel Feltman is the Executive Editor of Popular Science, where she also hosts the hit podcast The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week. She has written for Scientific American, The Washington Post, Quartz, Popular Mechanics, and The Atlantic on everything from herpes to Uranus. Her first book, Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex, will be released by Bold Type on May 17, 2022 and is available for preorder now.

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February 17, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm