The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), in collaboration with ABC TV’s Catalyst program, will host a special event examining the ins and outs of the modern human’s sexuality.

This live event will commence with an advanced screening of a new Catalyst special about sex, which examines two rare sexual conditions – persistent genital arousal disorder and post orgasmic illness syndrome.

“This event is shaping up to be one of our most interesting, it’s clear that a lot of people out there have a lot to say about sex, and a lot to ask,” said RiAus programs coordinator Deb Shaw.

“Dr Maryanne Demasi from Catalyst will be discussing her experience in making the TV program and the guests will carry out a general discussion of some of the more well-known and common sexual dysfunctions – libido, inability to achieve orgasm, erectile problems, unmatched desire etc – and why talking about them appears to be so taboo.”

Shaw said their ‘sexperts’ will be called upon to discuss their experiences as counsellors and medical practitioners and why people find talking about sex and sexual problems so difficult.

“Physical and virtual audience members will also be able to post their own questions during the event for discussion,” she said.

“We’ve already had people posting questions on our event website and people can keep doing this ahead of the event, it’s totally anonymous and is already throwing up a huge number of really interesting questions and comments.

“Most people are doing it but a lot of people find it incredibly difficult to talk about, that’s why we thought this was such an important event. Sex ultimately sits at the centre of our society and is fundamental for us as a species.”

Panellists for the event include Catalyst‘s Dr Maryanne Demasi, Sexologist Dr Patricia Weerakoon, and clinical psychologist Alan Jenkins.

It’s on Thursday April 12 from 7.30-9pm at The Science Exchange, Exchange Place, Adelaide.

The event will be livestreamed via

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