You can watch this video when you sign up to our new subscription service, How To +.

How To + subscribers can access more than 250 videos for free, and attend our livestream events with the world’s most exciting thinkers.

Sex: Lessons from History

Dr Fern Riddell in conversation with Hannah MacInnes

59 mins watch time

Posted August 2021


For the entirety of human history, sex has never just been about reproduction. Statistically speaking, only one out of every one thousand sexual acts between a man and a woman will result in pregnancy. And as we know, sex does not solely take place between just men and women. So: what is sex for? Cultural historian and broadcaster Dr Fern Riddell takes us on a tour from orgasm to flirting and everything in-between.