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Masters of Sex: Fact, Fiction or True Story?

MASTERS OF SEX FACT OR FICTION? Showtime's dramatic and controversial series Masters of Sex is based on Thomas Maier's biography of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. How much of the TV show is pure fiction and how much is based on real life events? According to the NY Times, Masters was a church-going Episcopalian and registered Republican who was generally cautious in his public statements and who sought to avoid controversy. Was Bill Masters really that uptight? FACT Lizzy Caplan's Virginia is a modern feminist's dream, but the real Virginia insisted that she was “not a feminist." Was Virginia a feminist? FICTION Were prostitutes really involved in the study? The study did, indeed, begin with prostitutes. 145 prostitutes joined in the study before Masters and Johnson moved to studying members of the community. FACT Was Virginia hesitant about accepting Bill Masters' “indecent proposal"? Not so much. According to Maier, Bill hired Virginia specifically to be his sexual partner, and Virginia was fully aware of this when she signed on in 1957. FICTION Scully is a fictional character, and the real provost at the university was not gay. Masters did, however, have the opportunity to know a gay man who was in a position of power at the University Was university provost Barton Scully really gay? FICTION Was Bill Masters really responsible for his wife's inability to conceive? FACT Bill was responsible for the Masters' infertility because he had oligospermia, a low sperm count. Did Masters' wife Libby really have a baby boy in real life? Yes, and being the son of a sex researcher clearly had a negative effect on him. Last year, he was arrested for public exposure- FACT twice. Masters and Johnson had 382 men Were there really that many participants in the study? FACT and 312 women volunteer to participate in their studies. Maier's book claims that other Was Virginia ever "slut-shamed" for her involvement in Masters' study? FACT medical professionals slut-shamed Virginia and made inappropriate comments about the movies and photos she appeared in for research purposes. "When they married in 1971, they did so as much for business Did Bill Masters really love Virginia? COMPLICATED reasons...as for love," biographer Maier wrote. "THE THINGS THAT ARE THE MOST SHOCKING IN OUR SHOW ARE TRUE. 35 SOURCES http://www.pajiba.com/seriously_random_lists/10-reallife-facts-about-bill-masters-and-virginia-johnson-the-inspiration-for-showtimes-masters-of-sex.php http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/12/15/masters-of-sex-season-finale-real-life/ http://www.npr.org/2013/09/29/226456405/the-most-shocking-moments-are-true-in-masters-of-sex BROUGHT TO YOU BY www.sattvdepot.com

Masters of Sex: Fact, Fiction or True Story?

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The Showtime TV series Masters of Sex is based on Thomas Maier's biography of sex researchers Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson. How much of the TV show is pure fiction and how much is based on real l...

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