Here at the ODS Foundation we are total sex geeks and Dr Meredith Chivers of Queens University in Kingston Ontario is one of our most cherished heroes. Canada has produced a disproportionate number of world-renowned sex researchers–Dr Lori Brotto (UBC) Dr Jim Pfaus (Concordia) and Dr Cindy Meston (PhD UBC)–and of course a number of highly active sex practitioners. This proves beyond a scientific doubt that Canada is the sexiest country on earth.
Meredith Chivers’ first exposure to sexuality in the academic world came as she sought a break from undergraduate courses in biophysics and biochemistry. She chose a “easy” course, a class in sexuality. One day the professor showed slides of genitalia. A penis appeared. The class sat in rapt silence. Then the folds of a vulva, labia in a tight close up. The class reeled in disgust with a chorus of “Eeews” mostly coming from women. Chivers couldn’t belief the reaction, but she wanted to understand it. In the study of women’s response to sexual stimuli she found a career.
For our fellow sex geeks, here is a short video of Dr Chivers at the World Science Festival pondering the puzzle of heterosexual women with a group of rapt men and, if you have an hour to delve deeply into vaginal photoplethysmography and what it tells us about female sexuality, a lecture Dr Chivers gave at Michigan State University.