Step back, science. Recently, Bill Nye did a short bit for Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Star Talk on sex. It was pretty awesome to see popular science endorsing pleasure in a straightforward manner. No excuses, no apologies – just a scientific thumbs up to have sex because it feels good.
With the Museum of Sex in New York as his backdrop, Nye begins in a charismatic deadpan: “When it comes to sex, we’re all animals.” According to his two minute spiel on the evolution of sex, that’s a more factual statement than ever before. More animals than previously thought are, like humans, having sex for pleasure.
Why? Nye tell us that evolution doesn’t just decide how we look, but it also determines how we feel. “By getting pleasure from sex, we are driven to have sex,” he declares. (Which of course makes our genes happy, as they’re on a mission to keep reproducing).
While we’re not ones to reduce sex to science, we do think research and studies are hugely beneficial to how we receive pleasure, and to reducing any lingering shame around it. And anything that promotes pleasure opens the door to genuine orgasms for everyone – which is what we like to see (and hear about!).
If you’re ever in doubt that you’re the only person who wants to feel tingles up and down your body just for the heck of it, simply conjure up our favorite line from Nye:
“We want to have sex all the time. Procreation, schmocreation.”
You said it, Bill Nye.
See the whole clip here: