Why Does Sex Exist?

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Sex exists because it’s fucking awesome!  But doesn’t the title question fit in to the old adage “If it’s not broken don’t fix it?” Some things should just be left alone and enjoyed.   I agree, but alas I did sign up for this whole sexology thing so here it goes.

I’ve asked this question to a lot of people and there are two prominent answers. The first and most popular is for reproduction.  After people say that, they usually give you a look of disdain as if they received a degree in baby making from Harvard medical school.  So that’s it right?  Not quite, if that was it then nature would have devised a simpler way to reproduce, one without the health risks for females- its much easier laying eggs. We could do away with courting rituals like the peacocks strut and classy dinners at The Olive Garden, Male dueling like big horn sheep and elaborate mating. Some birds mate in flight plummeting to the ground.  In fact some animals engage in Parthenogenesis, breeding without sperm/egg fertilization, (which is what sex is supposed to do). In SEX: A Natural History, Joan Ellison Rogers discusses animals that are solely female. There is a species of lizard that lay and fertilize eggs all by their lonesome. No males! Sparking the notion that men may become superfluous in humankind as well in due time.   If so congress would work better and there would be less terrorism. Oh and why do we have nipples still anyway?

The second most popular answer is, “because it feels good.” And, they are partly right as well.  When we engage in acts that are healthy our brain emits dopamine.  Feelings of pleasure follow almost immediately.  Eating food for instance, exercising and having sex induce feelings of pleasure because it’s in our best interest to continue doing them.  It’s nature’s way of programming needed responses.  Booze and drugs feel great… so I’ve heard…because they artificially generate dopamine output.  OK, so it I feels good, so we want to do it, we win fair lady by wooing her with our feathers or red Porsche, so she thinks we have good genes, she finally breaks us off a slice, we do it and have babies.  But again we go back to same issue- why all the fuss?  Couldn’t we just massage each other when shes ovualting and deposit sperm onto eggs that way?

Through the evolutionary process nature uses mating, breeding and sex, in our case, Like darts thrown at a board.  The Homo Sapien dart has done well.  Our success as a species is multifactorial. However, one of the undeniable reasons is in the way we pair bond, have sex (the best on the planet) and reproduce.  Psychologist Diane De Simone says to fully understand human sexuality you must start at the genetic level.  Stay tuned.

Author: drmaxmccullen

When Max McCullen first read Alfred Kinsey’s landmark book, Sexual Behavior In the Human Male, he began contemplating why so little is known about human sexuality. Since its publication in 1948 that body of knowledge has grown marginally. Why do we think about sex all the time? How much does sex really influence our behavior? And why do we still know so little about it? He completed undergraduate studies at University of the Pacific and The University of London and then his research led him to the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. IASHS was founded by Kinsey’s research assistant, Wardell Pomeroy. His initial curiosity soon evolved into a passion, which drove him to acquire his Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality and Gender Studies. In 2004 Dr. Max began working for GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK), one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide. This experience contributed to his understanding of medical treatments for male sexual dysfunction. He became familiar with how Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis function on a biological level and their social implications. His expertise naturally transitioned into him working with some of the most prestigious Urology offices in Southern California. These doctors and passionate medical personal, illustrated firsthand the impact treatment of male sexual dysfunction can have on patient care and their overall well being. This experience made him yearn for more direct contact with patients in a clinical setting. So after GSK he worked with Boston Medical Group (BMG), an international, clinic based organization, comprised of board certified Urologists and other specialties. BMG focuses on low libido, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and testosterone replacement therapy. With BMG, Dr. Max was not only their spokesperson doing radio interviews and lecturing but worked as the physician liaison connecting patients with doctors for treatment. He also worked as a consultant for University Specialty Urologicals, based in San Diego, meeting with Urologists all over the west coast to train them on various treatments for men and women's sexual health issues, including hormone replacement therapy. During this time he also hosted online webinars for patients with questions; he also has a written and video blog series and does private consultation for patients. Dr. Max McCullen brings a historical knowledge of the human sexuality field together with the reailties of living in a digital age. “The issues that confronted our elders in the 50’s and 60’s are different today - but no more impactful. Where they were learning about their sexuality and beginning to embark into the sexual revolution we are over exposed to the commodification of sex. This makes the navigation of sex and emotional intimacy difficult” Dr. Max McCullen

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