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hebaThank you Vivianne's Sex Carnival for pointing out a link to a very interesting article on cracked.com outlining in brief the lives of some of history's most interesting sexologists and how their beliefs were just, well, messed up.Obviously Tissout (masturbation gives you fur on your hands) and Graham (men should only have sex 12 times per year) were absolutely wrong on every front. The story with men like Havelock Ellis, however, gets a little more interesting. Havelock was a pretty liberal guy, for a virgin, and wrote about sex in ways that people hadn't dreamed of until then. He also sheltered Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and one of the leading fighters for birth control when she was run out of the United States by Anthony Comstock on obsenity charges. Yes, they both believed in population control but their stories are rich with complexity as they broke boundaries on many fronts, some of which we still believe in today and others that have fallen by the wayside.Most interesting for me was the addition of Heba Kotb, a woman who has been hailed as the Dr. Ruth of Egypt. In fact, I have an old post stashed away that I never finished from when this story broke. I'm kind of glad I didn't post it, however, because as much as Kotb is breaking boundaries by being a female talking about sex in an extremely conservative culture, Kotb is still a product of that culture (sound familiar?). She doesn't believe in female masturbation and claims to have turned gay people straight. There's only so much progress the cause of sexuality can make when the person in charge holds those beliefs.I highly recommend the article - not only is it great to know a bit of the history of sexuality but you can impress your friends at parties by knowing why the Graham cracker was invented.