“I teach college courses on sexual diversity, do research on the lives of LGBT people, and blog with some amazing scholars and advocates at KinseyConfidential.org” -
Why wouldn’t I? I saw a new campaign that seemed timely (overdue, really) and aimed at addressing an important cause (just as I added my own video to the It Gets Better project). Now that the dissertation beast is out of my hands (for the moment), I have had time to really comprehend just how significant the Make Sex Normal project is.
This is yet another initiative created by Dr. Debby Herbenick, a research scientist at Indiana University, author, and sex advice columnist/expert. In addition to her research on sex, she regularly blogs for Kinsey Confidential and MySexProfessor. She has also given TWO TED talks.
Indeed, a chief aim of Dr. Herbenick’s work appears to be to increase sexual literacy in America — to dispel myths and educate youth and adults about sex, sexuality, and relationships. Another appears to be giving people the space to speak — either to share their secrets (e.g., her IUSecrets project) or to highlight what they do to increase sexual literacy (e.g., Make Sex Normal project).
It may come as little surprise that I admire the work that Dr. Herbenick is doing. Yes, it is because she ties together her research, teaching, and advocacy. Her work as a scholar, broadly defined, aims to make sex normal, among other ways to make the world a better place. And, she’s even got quite a bit of media attention for this amazing project! (here, here, here, and here, among others).