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Showtime's dramatic series Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, is based on this real-life story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Before Sex and the City and ViagraTM, America relied on Masters and Johnson to teach us everything we needed to know about what goes on in the bedroom. Convincing hundreds of men and women to shed their clothes and copulate, the pair were the nation’s top experts on love and intimacy. Highlighting interviews with the notoriously private Masters and the ambitious Johnson, critically acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier shows how this unusual team changed the way we all thought about, talked about, and engaged in sex while they simultaneously tried to make sense of their own relationship. Entertaining, revealing, and beautifully told, Masters of Sex sheds light on the eternal mysteries of desire, intimacy, and the American psyche.
Published: Basic Books on Jul 2, 2013
ISBN: 9780465044993
List price: $16.99
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Sometimes in life, two people will find each other and together make history. While each one may be remarkable on their own, together they are extraordinary. Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson were two such people. When they got together, they did more than improve themselves and each other - they gave something to the rest of us too. When I first saw this book, I was surprised at myself for not having heard of them before. These two did more for sex research than anyone up to that time. They not only researched it, they practically invented it and paved the way for the future.Bill Masters was a world-renown fertility doctor when he enlisted Virginia Johnson to assist him with his longtime dream - to research sexuality. She began as a secretary but quickly became his research partner. As one can imagine, this was an uneasy transition for someone who didn't even have a bachelor's degree, but her own confidence and her confidence in Masters helped her succeed. Eventually, their work proved their worth to the medical community. Of course, it helped that they began on the verge of the sexual revolution in a society increasingly open to matters of sexuality. He gave her the credentials, and she gave him the human touch and feminine perspective.As people, these two were not always understood. They were walking contradictions. Amazingly, after years of working together and allegedly having intercourse, Bill Masters left his wife and married Virginia Johnson. This was probably the downfall of their relationship. In addition, they failed to see how they fit into the future of sex research and lost countless opportunities to play a larger role in the professionalization of the field. While those they worked with were sage advisors, they neglected to see the big picture.As a testament to the personality of Masters, he basically woke up one day and wanted a divorce. As it turns out, he was reunited with a sweetheart from his youth and, he claims, his one true love. Despite her surprise, Johnson was not one to dwell. In fact, she had been considering divorcing Bill for some time. I think what stung her most was that he beat her to the punch.Despite all of this, they continued to work together. However, Bill's failing health made this more and more difficult, and without Bill, Virginia lost her clout. The Masters and Johnson brand was amazing while it lasted. Some were appalled and decried that some of their research was unethical. In the long run, though, they were able to vastly augment the knowledge of sexual intimacy regardless of their methods. It's just a shame that they were unable to do the same for emotional intimacy.Maier is a superb biographer. He tells a human story rather than a story about humans. This was a pleasure to read - insightful, well-researched, approachable, and gripping.read more
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Sometimes in life, two people will find each other and together make history. While each one may be remarkable on their own, together they are extraordinary. Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson were two such people. When they got together, they did more than improve themselves and each other - they gave something to the rest of us too. When I first saw this book, I was surprised at myself for not having heard of them before. These two did more for sex research than anyone up to that time. They not only researched it, they practically invented it and paved the way for the future.Bill Masters was a world-renown fertility doctor when he enlisted Virginia Johnson to assist him with his longtime dream - to research sexuality. She began as a secretary but quickly became his research partner. As one can imagine, this was an uneasy transition for someone who didn't even have a bachelor's degree, but her own confidence and her confidence in Masters helped her succeed. Eventually, their work proved their worth to the medical community. Of course, it helped that they began on the verge of the sexual revolution in a society increasingly open to matters of sexuality. He gave her the credentials, and she gave him the human touch and feminine perspective.As people, these two were not always understood. They were walking contradictions. Amazingly, after years of working together and allegedly having intercourse, Bill Masters left his wife and married Virginia Johnson. This was probably the downfall of their relationship. In addition, they failed to see how they fit into the future of sex research and lost countless opportunities to play a larger role in the professionalization of the field. While those they worked with were sage advisors, they neglected to see the big picture.As a testament to the personality of Masters, he basically woke up one day and wanted a divorce. As it turns out, he was reunited with a sweetheart from his youth and, he claims, his one true love. Despite her surprise, Johnson was not one to dwell. In fact, she had been considering divorcing Bill for some time. I think what stung her most was that he beat her to the punch.Despite all of this, they continued to work together. However, Bill's failing health made this more and more difficult, and without Bill, Virginia lost her clout. The Masters and Johnson brand was amazing while it lasted. Some were appalled and decried that some of their research was unethical. In the long run, though, they were able to vastly augment the knowledge of sexual intimacy regardless of their methods. It's just a shame that they were unable to do the same for emotional intimacy.Maier is a superb biographer. He tells a human story rather than a story about humans. This was a pleasure to read - insightful, well-researched, approachable, and gripping.
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