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Fresh Air Archive: Leonore Tiefer

Written by: Terry Gross
Narrated by: Terry Gross
Length: 38 mins

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Sexologist Leonore Tiefer on this archival edition of Fresh Air. Tiefer's book, Sex Is Not a Natural Act, looks at our society's anxieties and ignorances towards sex. She also questions what is "normal" sex and how people are to know how to have sex if no one talks about it. Tiefer received a Ph.D. in physiological psychology with a dissertation on hormones and mating behavior of rats. But she came to realize she knew nothing of the social norms of sexuality and questioned how sexual norms evolved. She re-specialized in clinical psychology and became a sex researcher, sex therapist, and an associate professor of urology and psychiatry at the Montefoire Medical Center in New York City. Tiefer has also been a sex columnist for the New York Daily News. (Original Broadcast Date: February 8, 1995)
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