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Masters of Sex Infographic: Is it a 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 Was Virginia a feminist? FICTION Virginia insisted that she was “not a feminist." 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. Yes, and being the son of a famous sex researcher clearly had a negative effect on him. In 2012, he was arrested for public exposure- twice. Did Masters' wife Libby really have a baby boy in real life? FACT 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. According to biographer Maier, their partnership and relationship Did Bill Masters really love Virginia? COMPLICATED was as much "for business reasons... as for love." "THE THINGS THAT ARE THE MOST SHOCKING IN OUR SHOW ARE TRUE." 55 HE SOURCES BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Masters of Sex Infographic: Is it a True Story?

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The Showtime series Masters of Sex is based on the biography of sex researchers Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson. How much of the TV show is fact and how much is fiction?




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