Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

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The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS, or "quad-S") is, according its website, a professional membership organization, "dedicated to advancing knowledge of sexuality and communicating scientifically based sexuality research and scholarship to professionals, policy makers, and the general public."[1] It reports to have more than 700 members, including anthropologists, biologists, educators, historians, nurses, physicians, psychologists, sociologists, theologians, therapists, and others.[2] It produces a quarterly, online newsletter, Sexual Science.[3] and the Journal of Sex Research, a scholarly journal published quarterly.[4]


SSSS was established by sex researchers including Albert Ellis, Harry Benjamin[5], and Ira Reiss[6]. It formed in 1957 as the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex.[7]

A prominent sex researcher, James Cantor, resigned in protest from SSSS following a heated exchange on the group’s listserv about gender dysphoria.[8] Cantor linked to an essay, “When is a TERF not a TERF,”[9] saying extremists were being unfair to those questioning parts of transgender activist claims.[8] Cantor was suspended from the listserv,[10] to which Cantor responded "It is unfortunate to have lost SSSS as a genuinely scientific organization, but there is little point in the collective pretense that it hadn’t already happened a while ago."[11]