One of the dominant themes of Masters of Sex–both the series and the biography upon which it is based–is that ignorance and superstition regarding sexual development and functioning was a barrier to healthy sexuality prior to Masters’s and Johnson’s studies. Much of what people–even doctors–believed about sex in the late 1950s and early 60s was from Freud. (The series is a little fuzzy about timelines but it finally worked its way around to speaking the name “Kinsey,” whose own research in the form of self-reported surveys preceded that of Masters and Johnson.) In the biography, Masters’s and Johnson’s reported attitude towards the founder of psychoanalysis ranged from frustration at how deeply entrenched Freud’s theories were to outright contempt for those who put more stock in theorizing than observation. Continue reading “Masters of Sex Episode 2.8 Recap: Mirror, Mirror”
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