We will begin a new series that is designed to assist the general public as well as the scientific community about the chemical messages involved in dating, courtship, and sex. Our goal is always to share information that will assist in having greater knowledge of self. In the days of my youth, parents would sit children down and have that dreaded discussion about ‘the birds and the bees’, so to speak. Those conversations were uncomfortable for parents and children. In professional school I realized that the average person is not equipped with enough information to give a talk on sex and its physiological ramifications. My mother ordered me to grab a dictionary when we had our talk. I admired her for her academic posturing, but I had been drawing anatomically correct pictures of every body part for two years prior to our conversation. Timing is important, too. I had also been attempting to grow penicillin by placing crumbled crackers and water in a petri dish. Conversations about natural body processes are still necessary today and I want everybody to be armed with the right information.
Many parents advise girls not to be promiscuous for spiritual reasons. Do you know that sperm contains chemical messengers that trick a woman into falling in love? Chemical messengers are also present in saliva. How is that for a reason to be careful about choosing someone to kiss? Spirituality is great! In combination with science, we can help our youth (and adults) to make better choices. Television is quite graphic today with sexual overtones in commercials and regular shows. I am excited about this series on the role of science in sex. Sex is a popular topic of conversation and we should not get our information from pornography or popular magazines. I had a candid relationship with my grandmother. She shared that she had given birth to three children before she experienced an orgasm. Many researchers have studied the differences between the male and female brain activity during an orgasm. Since the sexual revolution scientists have ceased to be developmentally arrested in the study of the body. I have seen doctoral theses on a plethora of subjects. This series should keep our attention as we continue to cover the detailed review of organs and systems. It is designed to be tasteful, informative, and based on the most up to date research.