Sex Therapist Shirley Zussman Dead At 107
The New York Based Sex Therapist Who Practised Until She Was 105 Years Old, Has Died.
Shirley Zussman, the New York based sex therapist who practised until she was 105 years old, has died. She died on December 4 at the age of 107.
Shirley Edith Zussman studied in the 1960s under Masters and Johnson, who inspired the Showtime series Masters of Sex.
Zussman was a former two-term President of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and therapists, and also co-director of the Human Sexuality Center of Zucker Hillside Hospital. In addition, she had also previously been the Director of the Association for Male Sexual Dysfunction.
The Masters and Johnson research team pioneered research into the nature of human sexual response and the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders from 1957 through to the 1990s. They recorded the first data on the anatomy and physiology of human sexual response; including the actual nature of female sexual arousal, debunking formerly long-held incorrect misconceptions about vaginal lubrication.
Basically, they shone a bright light on the sexual experience for women and were hugely influential in revolutionising sex lives. Their work was hugely controversial at the time, and as is often the way, it was increasingly recognised for its pioneering efforts years later.
Vale Shirley Zussman.