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A short man with a cane and a pencil-thin mustache has come with a conservative-looking woman in a navy and beige raincoat. One man I talk to is a physicist; one woman is a journalist. Mostly, I see couples and solo men who do not appear to be any particular type other than curious. A few gay couples are in line, but the event, like the machines themselves, seems to lean hetero. ”), who have by now filed inside and settled into chairs. Queen introduces Timothy Archibald, the author-photographer of Sex Machines.
It is admittedly the most important subject in life,” he wrote. “It is admittedly the thing that causes the most shipwrecks in the happiness of men and women. And yet our scientific information is so meager…. ” Watson’s original scientifically trained student of sex may or may not have been Rosalie Rayner, a nineteen-year-old student of his at Johns Hopkins University, with whom he was carrying on an affair. A friend of Watson’s, Deke Coleman, says Watson and Rayner “took readings” and “made records” of Rayner’s physical responses while they had sex, which would make the pair America’s first experimenters (and first subjects) in the laboratory study of human arousal and orgasm.
It was Dickinson’s work that inspired Alfred Kinsey to pursue sex research. Kinsey had been, at the time, applying his bottomless research energies to gall wasp speciation. According to Kinsey biographer James Jones, Dickinson—then in his eighties—gave Kinsey his first contacts in the gay and lesbian communities and turned over dozens of case files of “unorthodox”* patients he’d come across through the years. Last but, okay, least, we have Dickinson to thank for the innovation of the relaxing picture on the gynecological exam room ceiling.