If this starts to sound like I’m rambling, I truly don’t mean to. This book has many layers to it.

Masters of Sex is a book that explains the personal life, love life, and professional life of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson. It shows the dynamics of dating relationships, marriages, professional lives, legal liabilities, and personal revelations. It starts out explaining Virginia’s life. She grew up in a small time in the midwest to a conservative family. It speaks about how she became sexually active at the age of 15 and how she had many flings throughout her young life. Virginia has been married 3 times with the 2nd one resulting in 2 children, and the only man she ever loved married someone else. She vowed to never marry anyone that she cared about to prevent getting hurt ever again.

Dr. William Masters grew up with an emotionally, physically, and verbally abusive father who instilled fear into his family. His father’s actions were later found out to have been caused by a brain tumor. Dr. Masters have also had 3 marriages with the 1st one resulting in 2 children. He eventually became addicted to his work and cold towards his family. His last marriage was after he left Virginia for his first love.

The team along with physicians and therapists studied sex using dildos, cameras, medical monitors, prostitutes and surrogates. They released three books that included their findings, and they were popular worldwide. They helped couples who suffered from sexual impotence, and Dr. Masters even aided in fertility.

One thing I noticed in this book is that towards the end it mentions the AIDS epidemic. It seems like the public was not concerned about AIDS until it started showing up in heterosexual couples. When it was in homosexual couples, it’s like no one care. Another thing that stuck out is how they said that Masters and Johnson were said to have been feminists because women can orgasm multiple times while men have to wait longer. A dynamic that I loved was how perfect their public lives were while their personal lives often crumbled. It was sad how in the end Virginia Johnson grew bitter because of the love she had not found in her life.

I think that this was a good book. It was long, but it was worth the emotional roller coasters. The tangled love lives of the two main characters made me have to put the book down a few times because the motion conveyed was a little heavy. I encourage this for anyone that’s into medicine, feminism, relationships, or even just sex. As indicated by the title, it is for mature adults only.

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