Sexology: Science & Sensationalism

Opened May 2, 2023. On display now.

Lynn Rodeman Metzger Galleries


From 1933 to 1983, Sexology magazine brought news and information about sexuality and sex research to the American public. Sitting at a crossroads between sex education and sensationalist tabloid, the magazine covered a wide range of topics such as relationships, reproductive health, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex work, and sexually transmitted diseases. With over 80 original magazines on display, Sexology: Science & Sensationalism explores the contradictions and curiosities of Sexology magazine by examining its coverage of key topics that remain deeply relevant in 21st century society.

This exhibit was researched and designed by student assistants Christian Lewis and Cassidy Kuhar and by students in The University of Akron Museums and Archives Studies Certificate Program.


Schedule a Tour

Duration: Approximately 45 Minutes
Recommended Group Size: 10 - 15 Visitors

Get up close and personal with Sexology magazine, which brought news and information about sexuality and gender to the American public from 1933 through 1983. Visitors will explore the Sexology: Science & Sensationalism exhibit, learning about the magazine’s editors and contributors and exploring its coverage of topics like reproductive health, sex work, gender identity, sexual orientation, and more.

Optional: Extend your visit with a 30 minute archival workshop, where visitors will have the opportunity to freely browse original magazines pulled from the Archives. (Total Duration: Approximately 75 Minutes)

To book this tour, please contact us at ahap@uakron.edu. All program scheduling is dependent on staff availability; bookings are not finalized until you receive confirmation from a member of our team.


Upcoming Events

Under the Covers: A Guided Tour of Sexology

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm




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