Perversions are more common than we think, says science provocateur Jesse Bering; in fact, we all are sexual deviants on one level or another. OK; we might not be the woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower or the young man addicted to seductive sneezes—but what if we all could move beyond our judgments and attitudes toward “deviant” sex? What if we rose above our fears and revulsions and accepted our true natures? Bering, an evolutionary psychologist and author of Perv, pulls back the curtains on the history of perversions, the biological reasons behind our distaste for unusual sexual proclivities, and the latest research on desires to humanize deviants—all while asking some very provocative questions about the nature of hypocrisy, prejudice, and when sexual desire can lead to harm.
Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
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