After World War II, sexology experienced a renaissance, both in the United States and Europe. was influenced by the influx of European refugees escaping the Nazi regime and the popularity of the Kinsey studies.
Large scale studies of sexual behavior, sexual function, and sexual dysfunction gave rise to the development of sex therapy. Until that time, American sexology consisted primarily of groups working to end prostitution and to educate youth about sexually transmitted diseases.
Shifts in Europe's national borders at that time brought into conflict laws that were sexually liberal and laws that criminalized behaviors such as homosexual activity.
Despite the prevailing social attitude of sexual repression in the Victorian era, the movement towards sexual emancipation began towards the end of the nineteenth century in England and Germany.
Ellis wrote the first objective study of homosexuality, (the term was coined by Kertbeny) as he did not characterize it as a disease, immoral, or a crime.
The work assumes that same-sex love transcended age taboos as well as gender taboos.
Sexologia é a área do conhecimento que trata do comportamento sexual.
É um fenômeno recente, com a atual abordagem datando do final do século XIX.
He also developed other important psychological concepts, such as autoerotism and narcissism, both of which were later developed further by Sigmund Freud.Physician Magnus Hirschfeld was an outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, founding the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, the first advocacy for homosexual and transgender rights.