Among all those courageous spirits who forsook religious and traditional norms in favor of the beatific self-fulfillment promised by the sexual revolution, the names of William Masters and Virginia Johnson have long been invoked with deep reverence. As one sexologist in New York City explained: “Masters was the prototypical godlike figure that people hesitated to challenge.” But now iconoclasts are blasphemously mutilating the blessed images of Masters and his collaborator. After some psychologists accused the pair of using deceptive data in their work, the ensuing debate left even true believers shaken.”The field can no longer look with certainty at the bible,” confided a troubled sexologist to a Time reporter. The Time correspondent hastened to clarify: “That bible is, of course, Masters and Johnson’s Human Sexual Inadequacy.” Of course.
January 1984April 21, 2022By The Archive