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How Sex Changed the World is a television show that presents historical anecdotes about times when sex or sexual influences have made a significant impact on human history. The anecdotes are alternately told by the narrator and various commentators, including historians, anthropologists, and other experts. Some more modern anecdotes are told through a first-person account by the actual subject of the story. The show also examines how the event influenced history. For example, an episode that featured Genghis Khan explained that he was directly related to one out of every six people with Asian ancestry.

The show is interspersed with short interviews with people pulled from the street. They are asked personal questions about their sex lives or to attempt to explain the historical event being featured in the show. The narrators then proceed to explain the actual event. At the end of every anecdote, there is a visual recap of the story and the episode thus far.

H2
1 Season, 10 Episodes
April 20, 2013
Documentary & Biography
6.9/10
Cast: Djakarta
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How Sex Changed the World Full Episode Guide

  • These are the surprising stories behind how scientists, the government and even the judicial system have harnessed sex to change world history: from covert experimental CIA orgies to the Middle Ages' "honest woman" test to verify bedroom activity and even the "cure" for female hysteria.

  • Sex is one of the most powerful human needs and many people have tried to harness its power for their own gain. But those attempts often backfire. From Jack Parsons, an American rocket scientist who thought he could harness the power of sex, to Thomas Jefferson's attempt to trap Alexander Hamilton in an affair, find out what happens when basic instincts backfire.

  • How men and women throughout history took sex to extreme levels

  • How sex becomes a byproduct of war.

  • Throughout history, there have been fearless men and women who have risked everything to reveal the mysteries behind our favorite subject: sex. From Leonardo Da Vinci's early work to Alfred Kinsey's revealing sex surveys to the man who discovered and translated the Kama Sutra for the world, these are the stories behind the "Superheroes of Sex.

  • Sex-related controversies related to Pompeii and J. Edgar Hoover.

  • Famous leaders, including a Roman empress and a U.S. president, express their sexuality.

  • The world's oldest profession turns up in the places you'd least expect it: as a major source of revenue for the Catholic Church, the driving force behind America's first racially integrated neighborhood, and the launch pad for the most powerful woman in the history of the Roman Empire. Discover the truth behind how selling sex has changed the world.

  • From America's earliest days, sex has shaped and defined our country. From the Puritan "mandatory sex" rule for married couples to Ben Franklin's racy newspapers and even car design, these are the stories behind America's sex pioneers.

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