Sex Guides Benefit from a Century of Progress

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Written by Joseph Dunsay. After earning a Masters of Science in Ecology and Evolution, Joseph Dunsay became a science writer for international audiences. Find more Jewrotica writing by Joseph here.

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Today’s Yiddish papers in America are famous for modesty, but a century ago, Yiddish speakers in New York City ranged from socially conservative to radical. Yiddish publications catered to all their interests, including their interest in sex. Back then, columns and pamphlets written by doctors informed Jews about reproductive concerns. Both the content and the medium for sex education has evolved in the past 100 years. This generation of Jews can learn about sex on virtual reality platforms that simulate practice sessions with porn stars.

An article about Jewish sex educator Dr. Benzion Liber described his life and work. Dr. Liber was born to secular left-wing Jews in Romania in 1875. He earned his medical degree in Vienna before pursuing postgraduate studies in Paris. He and his wife moved to New York in 1904. The medical practice he opened in the East Village served immigrants from many nations, and the Yiddish health magazine he founded in 1910 was read in distant locations such as Russia, Montreal, and Denver.

His posts about sex, with their practical advice about avoiding infections, earned praise from the New York City Department of Health at a time when the municipality was tackling a spike in sexually transmitted diseases. He also wrote about birth control and abortion. The US government was less fond of Dr. Liber. Federal bureaucrats confronted him over his work. His political views may have contributed to their objections. The Post Office cited the Comstock Act when it refused to deliver one of his books. Officials approved a slightly edited version for mailing in 1922.

Now that the Comstock Act is in the dustbin of history, sex educators are free to make content as graphic and radical as they like. Because information about STDs and birth control is common knowledge, contemporary sex educators focus on maximizing pleasure and emotional connections. Improvements in media technology have accompanied improvements in content. Rolling Stone reported about Virtual Sexology, a new virtual reality sex guide for men.

Sex therapists contributed to Virtual Sexology with their expert advice. Porn Star August Ames lent her acting skills to walk men through exercises that can improve their sex lives. The publication can be played on various virtual reality headsets to put a man in the middle of the action. Synchronizing it to a Kiiroo Onyx sex toy allows him to feel what happens during the scenes. This feature is ideal for the exercises designed to increase a man’s stamina.

Virtual Sexology is definitely not your grandfather’s sex advice column. With an attractive presentator and simulated sex, it entertains as it informs. A few generations ago men read papers about avoiding infections and preventing pregnancies. Now they can watch and feel virtual sex as they learn to be more skilled in bed. That type of progress makes one glad to be in the digital age.

After earning a Masters of Science in Ecology and Evolution, Joseph Dunsay became a science writer for international audiences. His LGBT erotic e-book launched in the summer of 2015.