• Metro Examines the Ins and Outs of Sex Science


    In a recent study highlighted in the Metro, they took a look at the life of a sex scientist - which, I can't lie, kind of made me wonder about a career change. For every story that shows up about how we feel about casual sex and if sex helps depression, there is a group of scientists out there getting the dirty job done in the name of fact finding. We might think we know all there is to know about sex - after all, how complicated could it be? - but Mary Roach thinks differently:

    Researcher and author Mary Roach took a closer look at the laboratories, brothels and, er, pig farms, that feature in such findings. She discovered sex research is a necessity and that, regardless of how advanced medical science is, we still know little about some of the basic mechanics of human sexuality.

    The first thing Roach makes clear is that sex researchers aren't weird. 'Most people think they are all perverts,' she says. 'Sorry to disappoint but they're all very nice, normal people.'

    Personally, I'm disappointed. I rather like the idea of roving bands of weird, perverted scientists studying sex for our benefit and theirs. But, at least they get the job done, I guess.

    The article is well worth the read to take in some of the more awkward situations sex scientists find themselves, and even Lovehoney's own favourite sexpert, Tracey Cox gets in on the fun:

    Tracey Cox, one of the country's top sex and relationship experts, has also had her fair share of embarrassing situations in the name of research.

    'During filming of The Sex Inspectors, I viewed hours of recorded footage of couples having sex. It's not often you meet someone knowing what their orgasm face looks like. 'They would offer us tea but we all knew : "Could you pass the biscuits?" would become: "So, how's the tongue pressure on your clitoris when your partner gives you oral sex?"

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