Sexology is the interdisciplinary study of human sexuality, including human sexual interests, behaviors and function. The term sexology does not generally refer to the non-scientific study of sexuality, such as political science or social criticism.
In modern sexology, researchers apply tools from several academic fields, such as biology, medicine, psychology, epidemiology, sociology and criminology. Sexologists study sexual development (puberty), sexual orientation, sexual relationships and sexual activity, as well as document the sexualities of special groups; for example, child sexuality, adolescent sexuality, sexuality among the elderly and the disabled. The sexological study of sexual dysfunctions and disorders, including erectile dysfunction,anorgasmia, and pedophilia, are also common.
It depends what you’d like to do with your career. You said that you’d like to become an expert, but I’m not sure what you mean by that.
Think About What You’d Like To Do
When you see yourself working in the area of sex and relationships, do you see yourself working as a sex or couples therapist, as a sexual health educator, a sex researcher, an advice columnist, or something else?
There are many different possible pathways to take. Check out the website of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists to learn more about those career possibilities.
You might also want to check out the website for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for more information about careers in couples therapy.
In addition, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality has a great deal to offer in terms of examples of sex research. On their website you can learn more about educational and training opportunities, sexuality organizations, and scientific journals that focus on sex research.
The school and coursework you choose will depend on the type of work you want to pursue. Here at Indiana University, there are faculty in a number of departments who focus on sexuality in some aspect of their work.
These departments include public health, biology, journalism, psychology, anthropology, education, sociology, telecommunications, and many more. If you’re currently studying at a university, you might want to explore your university’s website to get a sense of what faculty in different departments are teaching or interested in in terms of their research.
Finally, you might want to check out the book “Personal Stories of How I Got Into Sex: Leading Researchers, Sex Therapists, Educators, Prostitutes, Sex Toy Designers, Sex Surrogates, Transsexuals, Criminologists, Clergy, and More.”
As I mentioned, there are many diverse pathways that people take to find their careers and you may find some of these stories informative or inspiring. More resources are available on our website and also on The Kinsey Institute’s website.
What is Sexology?
Sexology refers to the scientific study of human sexuality. The scientific study of sex and sexuality can be traced back at least to the classical Greek period in the Western world, and even earlier in the Eastern world. Throughout history, emphasis in sexological study has tended to focus on the outcomes of sex, rather than the experience of sexuality. Specific focal areas for the study of sexology have primarily prioritised human reproduction and sexual health as topics for learning and research. The study of love, sexual emotions, human relationships, human sexual response, criminal sexual behaviour, sexual function, sexual pleasure and fulfilment have been relatively recent endeavours in the scientific study of sexuality.
Students in the Sexology Program at Curtin University study all the above topics, plus issues of legality, values, law reform, sex trafficking, sexual changes throughout life, diversity, gender, fetishes, desire, fixations, arousal, disease, erotica, cross cultural sexual practices, and many more topics.
What is Forensic Sexology?
Forensics is often discussed in relation to the legal system and crime; however, the Forensic Sexology stream within the program uses a more generic description of forensics that describes it as 'the application of sexology in the collection of material for evidence in a decision making forum'. This means that Forensic Sexology includes the study of aspects of criminology - such as sex offences, sex offender assessment and treatment, profiling sex offenders, treatment for the survivors of sexual assault, sexuality and the law, sexual law reform, expert etc - but it also involves the collection of material that can be used to challenge certain behaviours, customs, and even governing laws. For example, is it possible for a person with severe intellectual disability to give consent for sexual activity? Is it possible to stop female genital mutilation by presenting other strategies that fulfil the objectives of such a controversial and harmful practice? How do governing laws impact on the consensual expression of sexuality?
What is a sexologist? And what do you exactly do?
Ha! Great Question, and one that is often asked. You are in good company. I always joke that my mom doesn’t think it is a real job and my dad just hopes it isn’t.
As a sexologist I study sex, which I think is fairly obvious….. More specifically I study people’s sexual behaviours, feelings and interactions. Basically what people do and how they feel about it. Sexology is the scientific study of sex. It is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses such fields as psychology, sociology, medicine, anthropology, biology and more. As a sexologist I have received extensive education and training in the field of human sexuality. And as it is a relatively new field (how many sexologists do you know?), I am continually accessing the latest research in human sexuality to build my knowledge and understanding in an effort to be able to provide you the most accurate and up to date information.
What does that look like in my day to day life? My passion is to bring my message of healthy sexuality to the masses. So that includes speaking in front of an audience (the bigger the better, size does matter here) delivering a keynote or workshop, leading group coaching session of people who want to have the greatest sex of their lives, making TV and radio appearances normalizing and destigmatizing sex through open and honest communication and working one on one with clients at the Hassle Free Clinic.
What I don’t do (pay attention, this gets interesting), I do not have sex with people as a professional extension of what I do (you would be surprised at how many people think that). So I do not do any hands-on work. I am not a medical doctor to do not treat, diagnose nor prescribe drugs. I do work with many wonderful doctors that I refer people too. I am not a sex therapist, there are many great people in my field who are but that is not my passion. My love is sharing the message of healthy sexuality with the masses.
Ok, I will stop now…. Hope that helps give you a better understanding of who I am…. More to come…… A lot of people ask me how/why I got into this line of work…. That is an interesting story…. I think I will share that in a video…. Stay tuned.
And remember, when it comes to sex, there is no right way, there is no wrong way, there is just your way.
Sexology is the scientific study of human sexuality, including human sexual interests, behaviour, and function. Sexology may use tools from a variety of academic fields, including biology, psychology, education, sociology, anthropology, criminology, medicine, epidemiology, and neurology.
Sexologists study and work within specialist areas in the field including sexual development over the lifespan (child, adolescent and ageing sexuality), sexual relationships, sexual behaviour and activity, sexual identity and orientation and also with groups (cultures, people with a disability, adolescents, sex in older age). The study of sexual function is also part of the broad umbrella term sexology, and may include, sexual dysfunctions like anaorgasmia, erectile dysfunction, vaginismus, and sexual pain, among others.
What is Sexology?
Sexology is the study of human sexuality in its many aspects. There are presently three fields of professional practice in sexology: research, sexual education and clinical practice.
Sexology is studied at the university level, but the modalities within which it is studied vary depending upon the countries. In some European countries, it is necessary to be a physician doctor first in order to be a sexologist. In United States, a professional (for ex a psychiatrist, a psychologist, an anthropologist) who is specialized in the field of human sexuality can be recognized as a sexologist.
It is important to highlight the fact that the only university in the word to offer a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in sexology is found in the province of Quebec. This university is l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Thus, to be recognized as a sexologist in this province, it is necessary to possess a bachelor’s degree in sexology.
With this bachelor’s degree, a person can work in the field of sexual education, either in creating programs that are adapted to the needs of people who will receive the formation or in intervening individually with people served by public or community organisms. Moreover, a certain number of sexologists educators will also get a master's degree in sexual education in order to deepen the knowledge acquired in their undergraduate studies.
However, to be a clinical sexologist, it is necessary to get a master's degree in sexology counseling. Being specialized in the field of sexual difficulties, clinical sexologists are the professionals that are the most qualified to help people with their sexual problems. Most often, clinical sexologists receive people individually or in couple. In some cases, group therapies can also be offered for people who encounter a similar type of difficulty. There exist different sex therapy approaches and, quite often, each clinical sexologist specializes himself or herself within one or a few of these approaches.
What is clinical sexology?
Simply put, clinical sexology is the diagnosis and treatment of sexual concerns and dysfunctions. It is a highly trained discipline that combines the resources of...
- medicine, and
...with clinical sexology in providing sex therapy and counselling to persons with sexual problems.
What sexual problems and dysfunctions are treated?
Sexual dysfunction is defined as the inability of a person or couple to experience and maintain a satisfying and well functioning sex life. Sexual dysfunctions may include premature ejaculation, inability to achieve orgasm, painful intercourse, fear of intimacy or touch, guilt and shame around sexual issues, body image, and lack of sexual desire. Clinical sexology believes that much, if not most, sexual dysfunction is the result of one or more of the following conditions:
- Lack of knowledge of one's own body and especially one's genitalia and reproductive system.
- Lack of knowledge of how to experience and share sexual pleasure.
- Guilt and shame about one's body, one's sexual feelings and thoughts, and one's own sexual activity. This guilt and shame often have their roots in one's upbringing.
- Premature ejaculation, arousal disorders, fears around intimacy issues, inability to experience orgasm, and issues involved with sex and aging.
- Sex and Disability: counselling in sex for the disabled.
- Sex offender therapy: treatment for sex offenders.
Of course sex can also be used as the arena in which a couple choose, usually subconsciously, to work out their power or other issues. As well, sexual response, or lack thereof, can be a barometer of the health of the entire relationship. Both of these issues, if present, would be addressed as part of one's treatment program.
Therapy consists of counselling, education, instruction and guidance in the achievement of a sexually satisfying life. Sex therapy is provided with deep respect for every person's comfort level in a professional, ethical and safe environment.
What can a clinical sexologist do for you?
Clinical sexology approaches human sexual inadequacy and dysfunction using a variety of tools, of which counselling is just one. Sexology's central approach lies both in the counselling and education of clients as to their sexual selves, and in the practical and direct instruction on how to achieve sexual adequacy and fulfillment.
Clinical sexology addresses the treatment of sexual problems from an understanding of the cultural assumptions underlying human sexual behaviour. With trained precision, the clinical sexologist can enable people from a variety of backgrounds to experience sexually satisfying and fulfilling lives.
If you, or you and your partner are suffering from any sexual concern or inadequacy, you might want to consider making an appointment to see David McKenzie. David's expert knowledge and highly trained skill, as both a counsellor and a clinical sexologist, enable him to provide you with the most up-to-date treatments for sexual concerns of all kinds.