1. Publications (online and print)
2. Looking back at 23 years
This spring marks the 23rd year of the Archive for Sexology, which I founded in 1994 in Berlin as a sub-unit of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). It was located first in Berlin Spandau and then in Berlin Mitte on the campus of the Charité. After my retirement from government service in 2001, it was housed in a large office building of Humboldt University in Berlin-Pankow. In 2004, I donated the printed part of my Archive (i.e. my books, journals, and collections) to the university’s central library, where it is now open to researchers as the “Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archive”. Starting in 2006, I took my self-financed online Archive to my private apartment in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, where I worked on it until 2013, when I moved it to my present residence in Freiburg Br. Today I am running it on a server of my own.
This is where matters stand at this time. I know that the two Chinese versions of my “open access” online courses (MOOCs) are being used for the training of sex educators in the VR China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, but I am unaware of their use in other countries of Asia, North and South America or Europe. It is, however, entirely possible that all sorts of people anywhere in the world use them without telling me about it. Be that as it may, I have recently been pleasantly surprised when foreign colleagues contacted me and offered new translations of my courses into Polish, French, and Arabic. I takes this as an indication that my offer is still filling a gap left by my esteemed colleagues. Needless to say, at this time I am unable to predict if or when these translations will actually materialize. In any case, one of my translators into Russian has now posted an illuminating, very detailed e-book (in German) about the intellectual challenges posed by the translation of my course on “Sexual Dysfunctions and their Treatment” from the English original into Russian. Her book is available here.
When I started to write my online sexual health curriculum 14 years ago, my programmer used the latest technology and already then designed it in such a way that it can be studied not only on PCs, but also on tablets and smart phones (not yet widely available at the time). However, in the meantime, various kinds of new software have been developed that would greatly improve the appearance and usability of the individual courses. Unfortunately, I do not have the money necessary for such an improvement. All my attempts to obtain financial support from foundations and other sources have proved futile, since my work is a “one-man show”, not backed by a university or another large institution or organization. My Archive is neither a business (no income, only costs), nor does it enjoy non-profit status. It is, in fact, something “in between”, for which there is no official category. (For example, it does not meet the criteria for PayPal membership.) As a private individual running a private site, I simply cannot get a hearing anywhere. My applications are summarily dismissed before they can reach a living person, who could evaluate them and make a decision. The idea that a single individual runs, at his own expense, a large, free scientific web site in 15 languages is simply inconceivable to “regular” sponsors.
I mention this here, because I believe that my case is by no means unique and points to a larger issue: Given the enormous weight, indeed dominance, of even backward “regular” institutions, the deck is stacked against “irregular“ individual innovators. Since they move outside traditional circles and do not follow accepted patterns, they inevitably “fall through the cracks”. A good illustration of this is provided by the Google search algorithms: When I moved my Archive from the Humboldt University server to the present private server of my own, I immediately lost 95% of my readers. Before, when searching for “sexology”, my Archive had always held first place in a list of over 1,5 million. Now it is so far down the list of over 2 million that it can hardly be found at all. Before, it registered over 3 million hits and more than 130 000 visits per month. Now both of these numbers are so small as to be insignificant, and this in spite of the fact that the Archive has continued to grow and is offering its information in even more languages.
I realize that the sidelining and neglect of innovative private initiatives is an “old” problem, which has been around for centuries. Still, it seems to me that the present electronic revolution is reinforcing the old tendency toward uniformity. This may appear paradoxical to some of my readers, since the internet originally seemed to have promised greater freedom and variety. However, in many respects the opposite has happened: The collection of “Big Data” has concentrated money and power in the hands of a few giant private companies, and thus commercial interests are beginning to dominate the world of information, including scientific information. In sum: My online Archive has been relegated to the informational fringes and therefore no longer attracts sufficient attention from potential supporters. This, in turn, has limited my options: Because of financial constraints, I have not been able to offer a complete update of my entire web site. Thus, a few sections of my Archive have remained unchanged and are now out-of-date. I very much regret this, but under the circumstances cannot help it.
As for the future of my own contribution and of sexology in general, I have sketched some tentative thoughts in my new online book “Sexology…” listed above. As I describe it there, my own accidental career has profited from two mass movements for greater openness and tolerance, both of which I experienced on location – the “hippie revolt” of 1967 in San Francisco and the opening of “the Wall” 1989 in Berlin. These movements had far-reaching socio-political consequences that allowed me to pursue my academic interests and thus to enjoy an unusually happy professional and personal life. I am afraid, however, that the future will be less welcoming to the cause to which I am still committed.
I consider myself very lucky, because it entered the field at a propitious time. However, I feel that this time is now coming to an end. On the whole, I am not optimistic. It is obvious, for example, that we have entered the “brave new world” of total surveillance, in which private data collectors are gathering the most intimate details of our lives. They use them establish our evermore perfect personal profiles, which they then sell to other companies for enormous amounts of money. Every increase of their power diminishes that of our own. I very much doubt, therefore, that objective scientific sex research will have much of a future. Indeed, I fear that it will increasingly be replaced by instant “push-button” analyses, conducted by the “Big Data” owners and serving mostly commercial interests. And there are, of course, also criminal hackers and open or secret government agencies pursuing their own agendas. But that is another story, which requires an extensive discussion not appropriate here.
In any case, if my whole electronic Archive, for whatever reason, should go offline one day, there will still be enough of it left for truly interested readers: Just in case, I have had many of my English and German articles and reminiscences printed and bound as books for the HH Archive at the central library of Humboldt University in Berlin. In addition, I have also put the present content of my web site on a single DVD, which will be accessible there.
In the meantime, however, I am very grateful to those who still support me with their donations, and who encourage me to continue my Archive work as long as I can. I do hope that I will still be around to comment on its 25th anniversary.
1. Publications (online and print)
2. My Spanish MOOCs
My Spanish “open access” online courses are now being offered by the Argentinian group “Sexualidad y Educacion” under http://www.sexualidadyeducacion.com/proyecto.php. Registered students can pay tuition, fulfill the requirements and obtain a certificate from AASES (Asociación Argentina de Sexualidad y Educación Sexual)
1. On February 17, 2015, Prof. Haeberle gave a radio interview in English on Deutsche Welle, the German broadcasting station for foreign countries.
The interview covered the current book/film bestseller “50 Shades of Grey” and the sexological view of sadomasochism.
On the occasion of the first International Anatolian Congress on Neuroscience and Sexual Health (May 1-3, in Istanbul), Prof. Haeberle was awarded the International Dionysus Award for Sexology by the Turkisch society ASEHERT (Association of Sexual Health Education, Research & Treatment) in recognition of his life’s work.
5. Looking back at 22 years
I founded my combined print and electronic Archive for Sexology in early 1994 at the federal Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. After my retirement from government service in 2001, I continued my work at Humboldt University, which, in 2004, accepted the donation of my print Archive, i.e my library and collections. It is now and will remain accessible to researchers as the university’s central library as the “Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv”. My “open access” online Archive - privately financed by myself - ran on the server of Humboldt University from 2001-2014, when I was asked to move it to a private server of my own. Unfortunately, by January 2015, I was no longer able to pay the monthly salary for my full-time programmer. Therefore, I was forced to “freeze” my Archive, i.e. to put it in a “standing still” mode, meaning that the usual monthly additions, corrections, and updates were no longer possible. I owe the present update - the first since December 2014 – to several generous donations by supporters in the USA.
As for the future of this online Archive itself, I cannot make a definite statement at this time. So far, I have not received any offers from qualified potential hosts willing and capable of taking it over after me. I have just turned 80, and it seems that, sooner or later, others will have to continue and enlarge my web site.
I am now relying on donations for the continuation of this project. It is good to know that there are generous people “out there”, who appreciate my work and want to see it continued. However, the donations are not sufficient for a resumption of the former pace. Nevertheless, thanks to this financial support, I have been able to hire occasional programming help for certain “silent” updates and corrections. In the meantime, any financial support will continue to be very welcome:
December 2014:- Our free online course "Human Sexual Behavior" is now also available in Portuguese: "O Comportamento Sexual Humano". Together with the five courses already translated, we now have our complete curriculum on sexual health available in Portuguese. As a result, we can now offer this curriculum in 7 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (2x), Russian, Czech, and Hungarian. - In December, Prof. Haeberle was appointed to the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Theriology and Anthropology in Frankfurt/M.
Looking back at 2014
2. Visit to Berlin- On October 24, Prof. Haeberle, his programmer Thomas Haase, and his assistant Gene G. Bernal again visited the Central Library of Humboldt University in Berlin. They donated additional books and papers to the Haeberle-Hirschfeld Archive. On October 27, Prof. Haeberle met with Dr. Yong-Mi Rauch, the director of historical collections, for an extensive discussion about the long-term future of the Archive and its hitherto unregistered sexological collections. For a photo, click here.
3. WAS Declaration in Turkish- Thanks to our Advisory Board member Dr. Ümit Sayin, we have been able to make a Turkish translation of the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights available on our web site.
2. New Member of our Advisory Board- Our Scientific Advisory Board is proud to welcome a new member: Dr. Ruben Hernandez from Caracas, Venezuela.
3. Visit to Berlin- On April 8, Prof. Haeberle, his programmer Thomas Haase, and his assistant Gene G. Bernal visited the Central Library of Humboldt University in Berlin. There, they met with Dr. Yong-Mi Rauch, the new director of historical collections, to which the Haeberle-Hirschfeld Archive belongs. On this occasion, they also donated additional books and papers. For a photo, click here.
Anniversary: 20 years Archive for Sexology- In March 1994, Prof. Haeberle founded the Archive for Sexology as a subunit of the Robert Koch Institute, a federal research institute in Berlin, using his own books and papers as the material base. After his retirement from government service in 2001, he moved the Archive to Humboldt University and, in 2004, donated his library and collections to the university’s main library, where they are available to researchers in the Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv.
However, this electronic part of the Archive has remained in the possession of its founder, who is still running it as a private project and also finances it with his own money. It is freely accessible and has readers all over the world. Indeed, it is a model of international cooperation. With the help of enthusiastic colleagues in many countries, it is constantly being expanded and now offers scientific sexual health information in 15 languages. Especially important are its large online libraries in 5 languages and its curriculum of 6 “open access” courses in 6 languages. Additional translations are being prepared.Considering the enormous difficulties this Archive has had to overcome over the years - and is still encountering today - this anniversary is a cause for celebration.
2. New Members of our Advisory Board- Our Scientific Advisory Board is proud to welcome two new members: Dra. Olga Marega, Tandil, and Dr. Ümit Sayin, Istanbul.
3. Donations by Credit Card- In order to keep our Archive freely accessible and to allow it to expand, we have now installed a "donation button" on our web site. It will allow everyone willing to support us to make donations of any amount not only by money transfer, but also by credit card.
2. Visitors from Russia- On January 10, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Vladimir Shelest and Dmitry A. Trubitsyn - two representatives of the Novosibirsk State University. They had an extensive discussion about present trends and possible future developments in online distance education. For a photo, click here.
2. Our Curriculum now complete in Spanish- Our free online course "Human Reproduction" is now also available in Spanish: "Reproducción humana". Together with the five courses already translated, we have now our complete curriculum on sexual health available in Spanish.
3. Newspaper Interview5. Donations 6. Looking back at 2013 4. Personal activities
Prof. Haeberle also donated books, journals, and other material to the Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv. In addition, he published an article about its history and future in the German medical journal Sexuologie. Furthermore, he gave several radio and newspaper interviews, met with foreign visitors, was invited as a speaker to the Helsinki Book Fair, and received an honorary doctorate in South Africa.
2. A fifth course now in Spanish translation- Our free online course "Human Sexual Behavior" is now also available in Spanish: "Conducta Sexual Humana". Together with the four courses already translated, we have now five courses in Spanish online.
3. Haeberle-Hirschfeld Archive
4. Visitors from California
2. Praise from the EU Commission, but no money- On October 18, Prof. Haeberle received a letter from the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. The letter recommends our Archive as "very noteworthy" and expresses the hope that "it remains accessible as a resource for future generations." However, it also points out "that current financial regulations do not allow the European Commission to fund specific MOOCs no matter how interesting they may be." For a view of the letter, click here.
3. Honorary Doctorate- On October 18, Prof. Haeberle was awarded an honorary doctorate - Doctor of Sexology (DS h.c.) - by the Academy for Sexology in Pretoria, South Africa. The Academy, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, is a graduate school which trains sexologists and awards academic degrees for the successful completion of its various programs. The Academy’s president, Prof. Johann Lemmer, has contributed two books to our online library: Introduction to Sexology and Identity & Sexual Identity. Because of other commitments, Prof. Haeberle was unable to attend the award ceremony in person.
4. Visit to Helsinki- From October 23 - 29, Prof. Haeberle and his research assistant Gene G. Bernal visited Helsinki, Finland. At the invitation of the local Goethe Institute, he spoke at two events of the Helsinki Book Fair: He gave a demonstration of his multilingual free online courses under the title "Open Access and the Future of Teaching and Learning" and also participated in a public discussion with our advisory board member Osmo Kontula. The topic was "Sex in Old Age". For photos click here.
2. A fourth course now in Spanish translation- Our free online course "Physical Problems in Females and Males" is now also available in Spanish: "Problemas Fisiológicos Masculinos y Femeninos". Together with the three courses already translated, we have now four courses in Spanish online.
3. Visitors from Manila- On September 11, Prof. Haeberle was visited by the Philippine film and televison director Joyce Bernal and her assistant director Irene Emma Villamor, who had been filming in the Netherlands. They discussed the increasingly frank airing of sexual problems in Filipino TV dramas and "reality shows". Some of these productions can also be freely accessed in the US and Europe. (Our own Archive has many readers in the Philippines.) The discussion led to an exchange of ideas about "open access" in general and its implications for theatrical films. For a photo, click here.
2. A fifth course now in Portuguese translation- Our free online course "Sexual Dysfunctions and their Treatment" is now also available in Portuguese: "Disfunções Sexuais e seu Tratamento". Together with the four courses already translated, we have now five courses in Portuguese online.
3. Our videos now with over 500 subscribers- Our videos on YouTube now have over 500 subscribers, and, so far, have registered a total of over 320 000 views.
4. Paper published in "Sexuologie"- On May 6th, 2013, a conference was held in Berlin, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Nazi plundering and closing of Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexology (1919-1933). For a photo, click here.
At this conference, a number of prominent speakers presented papers, which have now been published in the journal "Sexuologie" (vol. 20, no.1-2, 2013). Among the authors are Julia Heiman, Lelsey A. Hall, Andreas Krass, Volkmar Sigusch, Rainer Herrn, Ralf Dose, Hermann Simon, and Klaus M. Beier. Prof. Haeberle contributed an essay "Das Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv: Vergangenheit, Gegenwart, Zukunft" (pp. 51-54). The essay describes two complementary archives the author had founded in Berlin - one consisting of printed material, the other electronic. In combination, these two archives de facto already amounted to a rebirth of Hirschfeld’s institute in modern form. Indeed, every single month the online archive alone had more visitors from more countries than the original had known in all 14 years of its existence. However, the university never found any use for its new, globally popular successor. Thus, only the print archive now remains in Berlin. Here is the abstract of the essay in English:
2. Meeting with BIJOU editor- On July 27, Prof. Haeberle had a meeting in Heidelberg with an editor of BIJOU, the journal of the German Bisexual Network. The editor donated a number of the latest issues and agreed to send the rest as well as all future issues to the Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archive.
2. Radio Interview
- On June 23, Deutschlandradio Kultur - Fazit broadcasted a radio interview with Prof. Haeberle. The occasion was a public event at the National Theater in Weimar, the very place where the "Weimar Republic" was founded. The new event was the first governmental commemoration of homosexual victims of persecution in Nazi Germany, a percecution that had continued after WW II. It was only in 1994, that the Federal Republic of Germany abolished the infamous § 175 that had criminalized sexual contact between men. Haeberle welcomed the commemoration as an expression of true conservatism on the part of Christine Lieberknecht (CDU), Minister-President of Thuringia. By organizing the event, she had reemphasized the important traditional values of respecting human dignity and of ensuring equal rights for all citizens.
2. Newspaper Interview
- On May 27, the German daily newspaper DIE WELT, on p. 8 in the section „Politik", published another full-page interview with Prof. Haeberle under the title "Auch der Vatikan ist interessiert - Sexologe Erwin Haeberle über Studieren per Internet und die Frage, warum deutsche Hochschulen abgehängt werden". This time, he talked about the challenges of the accelerating electronic revolution and the problems universities face in accepting their global responsibilities. He pleaded for world-wide "open access" to all scientific knowledge.
2. Our Archive now in 15 languages
- We have now added the Durch translation of Prof. Haeberle’s textbook under the title "Sex Atlas" (see above). With this addition, we have now all four editions of the book online. The Sex Atlas (English), Die Sexualität des Menschen (German), Cinsel Atlas (Turkish), and Sex Atlas (Dutch). Thus, together with our other texts, we are now providing free sexual health information in a total of 15 languages.
3. A visitor from Argentina
- On April 4, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Dr. Olga Marega from the Center Sexualidad y Educación in Tandil, Argentina. They discussed the future of e-learning in general and specifically that of our own online courses, one of which Dr .Marega is now translating into Spanish. For a photo, click here.
4. Our videos: Now over 265 000 views
- Our videos on YouTube have, in the meantime, registered well over 265 000 views. The subscribers to our videos come from all over the world, not only from the US and Europe, but also from China, Nepal, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Vietnam, New Zealand, South Africa, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Turkey, Mauritius, Mexico, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Colombia, and many other countries.
2. Over 12 million hits in March
- For the past single month of March, our Archive has, for the first time, registered over 12 million hits, over 900 000 page views, and over 470 000 visits. Thus, the total for the first three months of this year now adds up to over 32 million hits, well over 2 million page views, and well over 1 million visits. Among the "top ten" of our over 200 accessing countries are, in addition to the USA and Germany, Mexico, China, Brazil, India, and Egypt.
1. First Text in Arabic- For the first time, we are able to offer a text in Arabic. It is the translation of Prof. Haeberle’s popular video "The Hymen", which, by now, has registered well over 120 000 views. This means, among other things, that we are now offering sexual health information in a total of 14 languages. (See also below under "Papers" No. 1.)
3. A Visitor from
from the Haeberle Hirschfeld Archive
2. New Video for YouTube
3. Looking back at 2012
- On November 17, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Yuki Shimada, M.A. a doctoral candidate at Waseda University in Tokyo (Japan). Her research is devoted to a special aspect of German cultural history - the fight against sexually transmitted diseases in the early 20th-century. In this context, she is especially interested in the work of Magnus Hirschfeld and, for this reason, she has been using the resources of the Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv. They talked at length about German sexology in particular and generally about the future implications of the electronic revolution for teaching and research. For a photo, click here.
3. New video for YouTube
- We are now also offering some Google Ngrams for the German version of our Archive.
3. New video for YouTube
September 2012:2. EFS Congress in Madrid
- From September 20-22, Prof. Haeberle, a founding member of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS), attended its 11th congress in Madrid. Together with his Portuguese colleague Prof. Antonio Palha, he presented a lecture and live demonstration of his Archive for Sexology under the title "A Multilingual Open Access Curriculum in Sexual Health". The abstract of this and all other congress presentations can be found in the 11th EFS Congress Book of Abstracts (see above). The congress also provided an opportunity to introduce the latest Portuguese translation of our online courses (see below). Finally, it was another welcome chance to meet friends and colleagues from various countries for private discussions of current developments in sexology. For photos, click here.
3. A fourth course in Portuguese translation- Our free online course "Human Reproduction" is now also available in Portuguese translation as Reprodução Humana. Thus, four of our six courses have now been translated into Portuguese. The translations of the remaining two are in preparation. See also here.
4. Visitors from China and Germany
- On September 24, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Prof. Li Yinhe from the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. They talked at length about the current state of sexology in China as well as about Chinese blogs and the future of print and electronic publishing. For a photo, click here.
- On September 25, Prof. Haeberle was also visited by Dr. Bruce Rind and his assistant Max Welter, B.A., both from Leipzig. They had an extensive three-way discussion about the implications of the electronic revolution for the future of teaching and learning. In this context, they especially talked about the possible uses and misuses of statistics.
5. More Google Ngrams
- Last month, we introduced our readers to Google Ngrams, a new free online service. In order to encourage its use by sexologists, we are now offering a few additional examples:1. sex research, sexual science, sex survey
2. sexual perversion, sexual deviation, paraphilia
3. paraphilia, pedophilia, hebephilia
4. male circumcision, female circumcision, female genital mutilation
5. female prostitution, male prostitution
6. feminism, women's movement, women's liberation, women's rights
7. Harry Benjamin, Christine Jorgensen
8. gender dysphoria, gender identity disorder, transgender
9. homosexuality, bisexuality
10. sexual orientation, sexual preference
11. gay liberation, gay rights, gay marriage, homophobia
12. sexual minorities, transvestites, sadomasochists, fetishists
13. equal rights, women's rights, women's movement, feminism
14. minority rights, women's rights, children's rights, sexual rights
15. monogamy, polygamy, polygyny, polyandry, group marriage
16. male sexual response, female sexual response, premature ejaculation,
female orgasmic dysfunction
17. hyposexuality, hypersexuality, sex addiction
- A new service by Google allows readers to follow the rise and fall of concepts
across 5 million books and 500 years.
When you enter one or several phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer,
it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of
books (e.g., "American English", "British English", "English
Fiction", "German", "Spanish" etc.) over the selected years. You
can refine your search by clicking on various shorter periods listed
below the graph. Within these shorter periods, you will get lists
of the actual works examined. Of
course, one has to understand the limitations of this unique offer, and one has
to be careful in interpreting the graphs. Nevertheless, they can be of some help
to those who are interested in the historical dimensions of scientific topics. For
the purpose of illustration, we are providing a few samples in English to go
with some of our online courses:
3. Visitors from Japan- On August 19 and 21, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Prof. Philip Tromovitch (Science and Engineering Research Institute) and Prof. Mitsuo Kubota (Global Communications) from Doshisha University, Kyoto. Both were very interested in the rationale, working method, and world-wide acceptance of our Archive and especially in our "open access" online curriculum. As they reported, more and more Japanese universities are beginning to offer courses not only in Japanese, but also in English in order to attract foreign students. For photos, click here.
- From June 8 -11, Prof. Haeberle, a member of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR), attended its annual meeting at the Hotel Palacio in Estoril, Portugal. As usual, the substantial scientific program covered a wide range of topics – various forms of sexual functions and dysfunctions in both females and males, discussions of research methodology, gender and transgender issues, sexual behaviors and attitudes of young people, online sexual materials and their uses, sexual minority problems, sexual offenses etc. etc.. Not all of this research will be published in the IASR journal "Archives of Sexual Behavior", but will appear in different scientific journals devoted to other specialties, such as psychology, sociology, gender studies, and the like. This makes it difficult for outsiders to follow everything in current sex research, but it once again demonstrates the multi-disciplinary character of our field. The meeting also provided an opportunity to talk to old friends and collegues again. For photos, click here.
3. Newspaper Interview- On July 27, the German newspaper DIE WELT, on p. 8 under "Politics", published a full-page interview with Prof. Haeberle, in which he discusses his work. After describing the beginnings of his career as a sexologist, he explains his motivation in founding his multi-lingual Archive for Sexology and its present role in providing sexual health information world-wide, especially in developing countries.
- On June 2 and 3, Prof. Haeberle had visitors from Ogden, Utah: Dr. Mark K. Malan, a clinical sexologist, and his wife Colette Malan, a family and sex therapist. They discussed the general state of sexology in the US and Germany as well as current and future research opportunities at the Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv, where the visitors are planning to spend some time on a return visit at a later date. For a photo, click here.3. New video for YouTube
- In June, Prof. Haeberle prepared a new video for YouTube: A Comment on Same-sex Marriage
- On May 15, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Prof. Andreas Kraß, a colleague from Frankfurt/M, who is especially interested in German cultural and social history as well as in "Queer Studies". He is therefore planning to work more extensively with the Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv. They explored various possibilities of future cooperation. For a photo, click here.
- On April 17, Prof. Haeberle was visited for the third time by his Japanese colleague Prof. Hiroyuki WAGATA from the university in Osaka, who returned to Berlin for several months of research at the Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv. His main interest is the cultural context in which German sexology began and the relationship between the German sexological pioneers, especially Hirschfeld, and their Japanese colleagues. For a photo, click here.3. Our Archive now listed by UNESCO
- Our Archive is now listed as a useful resource on the website of the UNESCO AIDS Education Clearinghouse.4. Citations from our Archive
Over the years, many short and long texts from our Archive have
been cited by other web sites and various official and inofficial
documents. For example, in 2009, passages on the History
of Marriage from Prof. Haeberle's textbook were cited
in an Amicus
Brief to the Supreme Court of the State of California.
The passages were used in support of the demand for same-sex
marriage (i.e. against California's Proposition 8, which prohibits
- In April, Prof. Haeberle prepared a new video for YouTube: Do we have a "sex drive"? In the meantime, our 21 videos have registered a total of over 100 000 views.
1. Our Archive now in 13 languages- We have just added a book in Romanian to our online library (see below). Thus, our Archive now provides sexological information in a total of 13 languages.
2. Another video for YouTube- In February, Prof. Haeberle prepared another video for YouTube: Homosexuality - good, bad, or indifferent?
2..A visitor from London
- On January 22 and 23, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Dr. Barbara Schwepcke, London, a departing member of our scientific advisory board, for a consultation about the future of our Archive. For a photo, click here.
3. Another video for YouTube- In January, Prof. Haeberle prepared a new video for YouTube: Sexual Addiction?
2. Presentation at the Goethe Institute
- On December 5th, Prof. Haeberle gave a live demonstration of his free online courses for a delegation of health experts from Lebanon at the Goethe Institute, Berlin.
3. New edition of Hirschfeld’s "Jahrbuch" now in print
- An advance copy of the new edition
of Hirschfeld’s Jahrbuch für sexuelle
Zwischenstufen (vol. 1) has now been delivered to its contributors and
other interested parties. It contains an introduction (Grußwort) by Prof. Haeberle, and articles by Prof. Rüdiger Lautmann, Dr. Dieter Berner,
and the editor Jürgen Zehnle. In addition, the volume offers a new
section of illustrations about Hirschfeld and his legacy. For sexologists, this
reprint of a rare "classic" (eventually all 25 volumes, 1899-1923) is a major publishing
event. The first finalized actual sales copies will become available in the next
4. Looking back at 2011- Looking back over the last 12 months, we see that our Archive has continued on its path of progress. In particular, thanks to our colleagues in various countries, we have again added important books, journal articles and reviews to our free online library - already the world’s largest in our field, Naturally, we want to continue this steady expansion in the future.
At the same time, our online courses in sexual health are also finding more and more users on all continents. Meeting this growing need, we have been able to add new translations in Russian and Farsi, and more translations are being prepared. The entire curriculum is now officially being taught in Finland, South Africa, and China, where 15 universities are now using them to train ca. 5000 sex educators per year. The courses are also being used in the Czech Republic, Pakistan, India, Portugal, and Mozambique. In short: They are becoming increasingly popular all around the globe. In part, this is also due to the fact that the design of our courses turns out to be exceptionally well suited to picture cell phones and tablet computers (pads) – tools increasingly being used by students everywhere.
Our visitors’ statistics tell the story: In 2011 our site registered over 100 million hits and over 4 million visits from over 200 countries. In addition, our 16 videos on YouTube have, in the meantime, registered a total of well over 80 000 views, Now as before, most of our readers live in Latin America and Asia. This confirms our impression that we are meeting an enormous demand in these regions of the world.
2. Another Video for YouTube- In November, Prof. Haeberle prepared a new video for YouTube: Caution: Pedophilia.
1. Over 10 million hits last month- For the last several years, our electronic Archive has had millions of monthly users from all around the world, and the numbers keep going up. For the month of October alone, our site has now registered over 10 million hits and over 400 000 visits from over 200 countries. Among the "top ten" of these are the USA and Germany, but also the three great newcomers on the global scene - Brazil, India, and China. In addition, our videos on YouTube have by now registered a total of more than 60 000 views.
3. Another Video for YouTube- In October, Prof. Haeberle prepared another video - his 15th - for YouTube: The Hymen - Myths and Misconceptions.
- On September 20, Prof. Haeberle was visited for a second time by Prof. Hiroyuki WAGATA from Osaka. He had returned to the Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv and is planning to do so again next year. He will then stay for a whole semester, taking advantage of our rare historical books, journals, and collections for his research. He has been - and will be - studying the change of Western sexual attitudes in the general context of modernization. Our current discussion was devoted to the present and future role of electronic resources in universities, including "open access" e-learning courses. For a photo, click here.
- On August 15, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Lluís Mangot Sala, a student from Spain, who, in addition to his native language, also speaks German and English. He is interested in studying our sexual health curriculum. They discussed several options of how and where this study could lead to a diploma or academic degree. For a photo, click here.
3. Another Video for YouTube- In August, Prof. Haeberle prepared a new video for YouTube: Don't call it "the opposite sex".
1. Visitors from Finland, the US, and the UK2. Another Video for YouTube
- In July, Prof. Haeberle prepared another video for YouTube: Why the sex organs should not be called "genitals". In the meantime, one of our previous videos has already registered over 25 000 views: How does a human life begin?
1. A second course now in Farsi translation- Our free online course "Human Sexual Behavior" is now also available in Farsi: ( Part I, Part II). Together with our course "Basic Human Sexual Anatomy and Physiology" (), we have now two of our six courses in Farsi online. However, so far, because of budgetary and technical limitations, we cannot offer them in HTML like all the other translations, but only in PDF.
3. Visitors from South Africa- On June 9, the Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv was visited by Prof. Johann Lemmer of the Academy for Sexlogy in Pretoria and by Christopher Janse van Rensburg, one of his students. Prof. Haeberle and his South African visitors discussed the upcoming WAS congress in Glasgow, the future of sexology in Africa, and the possibilities of increasing cooperation. For a photo, click here.
4. World Congress for Sexual Health in Glasgow
1. Now all of our online courses available in Russian- We can now offer a complete Russian version of our free online "curriculum in sexual health", consisting of 6 courses (6 semesters). The last missing course 2. "Human Reproduction" has now been translated as Продолжение рода. The Russian translation of the curriculum is the work of graduate students at the University of Heidelberg (Seminar for Translation) under the direction of Prof. Jekatherina Lebedewa. With this new addition, our complete curriculum is now available in 5 languages: Russian, English, Czech, Hungarian, and Chinese (in both simplified and traditional script).
3. A Visitor from Berlin- On April 13, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Dr. Nsekuye Bizimana, a sex therapist and author living in Berlin, whose work has been published in several languages. He is also a contributor to one of our encyclopedias. They discussed the upcoming WAS congress in Glasgow and the international future of sexology. For a photo, click here.
4. A Lecture in Hamburg- 1. On April 20, Prof. Haeberle gave an invited lecture at the Thalia Theater, Hamburg, for the director, the actors, designers, musicians, and technical staff preparing a new production of J. W. Goethe’s "Faust - Parts I and II". The title of his lecture was: "Goethes ‘Faust’ – sexualwissenschaftlich betrachtet" (Goethe’s ‘Faust’ from a sexological point of view). This was one in a series of four lectures. The other three were given by Prof. Hans Christoph Binswanger, St. Gallen, Prof. Manfed Osten, Bonn, and Prof. Gernot Böhme, Darmstadt. The new ‘Faust’ production will have its première on July 28th at the Salzburg Festival. The Hamburg première is scheduled for September 30. For the text of the lecture, click here. For a photo, click here.
- 2. Prof. Haeberle also presented the Thalia Theater with a bound copy of satirical cartoons he had created for this occasion under the title Szenen aus Goethes ‘Faust" sexologisch-ironisch betrachtet. (Scenes from Goethe’s 'Faust' - seen through sexological-ironical eyes). For a sample of these cartoons, click here.
5. Another Video for YouTube- In April, Prof. Haeberle prepared another video for YouTube, bringing their number up to a dozen: The Hippocratic Oath
1. Julio C. Potenziani Bigelli: Crónicas Ilustradas de la Urología y Ciencias Afines
2. A Visitor from Bulgaria- From March 4-5 Prof. Haeberle was visited by Dr. Michail Okoliyski from Sofia, a member of our Scientific Advisory Board. They discussed possible future developments with regard to our Archive. For a photo, click here.
3. More Videos for YouTube- In March Prof. Haeberle prepared another video for YouTube, talking about our web site:
A Lesson in Epidemiology
2. Now 10 Videos on YouTube- In February, Prof. Haeberle prepared 2 more videos for YouTube, talking about our web site:
1. Sexual minorities, 2. How does a human life begin? (Click on titles.)
2. More Videos for YouTube- In January, Prof. Haeberle prepared five more videos for YouTube, talking about our web site:
1. Our Free Online Library, 2. Contraception - natural or artificial?, 3. What do we mean by "sex"? (1), 4. What do we mean by "sex"? (2), 5. Sexual Dysfunctions (Click on titles.)
1. A fifth course now in Russian translation- Our free online course "Physical Problems in Females and Males" is now also available in Russian: Заболевания женской и мужской половых систем. The translation of this course - and of the sixth and last one to follow - is the work of graduate students at the University of Heidelberg (Seminar for Translation) under the direction of Prof. Jekatherina Lebedewa. To access all 5 courses translated so far, click here.
2. Videos for YouTube- In December, Prof. Haeberle prepared three short videos for YouTube, talking about our web site. Their running time varies between 3 and 5 minutes: 1. The Archive for Sexology, 2. Free Online Courses in Sexual Health and 3. Sexology: Its Jewish Pioneers. (Click on titles.)
3. Looking back at 2010- Looking back over the last 12 months, we see that our Archive has had another very successful year. Our offer of free sexual health information has greatly expanded and with it our global reach. In 2010 alone our site registered over 93 million hits and over 3 million visits from over 200 countries. The top ten of these countries were Germany, the United States, Mexico, Hungary, India, Brazil, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, and China. Thus, our Archive can truly claim that our readership spans the globe, and that "the sun never sets in our electronic empire". We are particularly pleased that our offer is increasingly being accepted and appreciated in India, China, and Brazil - the newly emerging great players on the world stage. We also have a fast growing number of readers in many other Latin American countries, and this in spite of the fact, that our Spanish translations are still incomplete. We therefore hope that, by the end of the coming year, we will be able to offer our entire online curriculum in sexual health in Spanish as well.
1. V. Szilágyi: Nemiségtudomány - és a magyar valóság
2. Visitors from Berlin- On November 4, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Dr. Michael Peglau, executive director of the newly founded Deutsches Zentrum für sexuelle Gesundheit (German Center for Sexual Health), Berlin. On November 18, he returned with his colleague Dr. Andreas Mertel. On both occasions they discussed various ways in which our Online Curriculum in Sexual Health could be used for national and international training programs. They also agreed to meet again for further dscussions. For a photo, click here.
3. A Visit to Prague- From November 21-29, Prof. Haeberle visited his colleagues in Prague, who had been instrumental in translating our online curriculum into Czech. He gave two lecture demonstrations of this new version of the curriculum: 1. At a meeting of the Czech Sexological Society, which awarded him its honorary membership. 2. At the Psychology Department of Charles University for the students of Prof. Petr Weiss. In addition, he also visited the university’s Sexological Institute for an extended discussion with its director, Prof. Jaroslav Zvěřina and his staff about the potential and future development and expansion of our Archive. For photos, click here.
1. Now all of our online courses available in Czech- We can now offer a complete Czech version of our free online "curriculum in sexual health", consisting of 6 courses (6 semesters). The last two courses 5: "Sexual Dysfunctions and their Treatment" and 6: "Human Sexual Behavior" have now been translated as Sexuální dysfunkce a jejich léčba and Lidské sexuální chování. The translations are the work of Mgr. Martin Chochola and Prof. Petr Weiss and their students at Charles University, Prague. Book:
1. J.C. Potenziani Bigelli: La Universidad de Padua: Forjadora del pensamiento medico y cientifico moderno
3. A Visitor from Finland- On October 7, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Prof. Dr. Katri Ryttyläinen-Korhonen of JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä, Finland. They discussed various ways in which our online curriculum in sexual health could be used at her university, possibly including a program of world-wide distance study. For a photo, click here.
1. Two more courses in Czech translation- Our free online courses "Physical Problems in Females and Males" and "Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Their Prevention" are now also available in Czech: Tělesné problémy žen a mužů and Pohlavně přenosné nemoci. The translations are the work of Mgr. Martin Chochola and Prof. Petr Weiss and their students at Charles University, Prague.
3. Visitors from Germay, Japan, and the USA- On September 4, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Prof. Olaf Werner, the director of the Abbe-Institut für Stiftungswesen at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena. They discussed various ways of securing the future of our Archive. For a photo, click here.
- On September 6, Prof. Hiroyuki Wagata of Osaka University began his visit to the Haeberle-Hirschfeld Archive for a week of research. He was especially interested in the influence of German sexologists like Max Marcuse and Magnus Hirschfeld on the development of Japanese sexology. For a photo, click here.
- From September 21 to October 2, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Prof. Julius Linn and Prof. Frank J. Tombrello from Birmingham, AL. USA. Both are
members of our scientific advisory board. A guided tour of the Haeberle-Hirschfeld
Archive was followed by ten days of intense discussions
about its potential and its future. For a photo, click here.
1. A fourth course now in Russian translation- Our free online course "Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)" is now also available in Russian: Заболевания, передающиеся половым путем (ЗППП). The translation of this course - and of others to follow - is the work of graduate students at the University of Heidelberg (Seminar for Translation) under the direction of Prof. Jekatherina Lebedewa.
2. A Visitor from Canada- On August 4, the Haeberle-Hirschfeld Archive was visited by Prof. Kenneth Zucker from Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior. For a photo, clicke here.
1. A third course now in Russian translation- Our free online course "Human Sexual Behavior" is now also available in Russian: Сексуальное поведение человека. The translation of this course - and of others to follow - is the work of graduate students at the University of Heidelberg (Seminar for Translation) under the direction of Prof. Jekatherina Lebedewa.
3. Support for planned Hirschfeld monument- In Berlin there is now a plan to create a monument in honor of Magnus Hirschfeld, the most important pioneer of sexology. The plan is being supported by a group of well-known personalities and organizations. Prof. Haeberle has now joined its advisory board.
1. A second course now in Russian translation- Our free online course "Sexual Dysfunctions and Their Treatment" is now also available in Russian: Сексуальные дисфункции и их лечение. The translation of this course - and of others to follow - is the work of graduate students at the University of Heidelberg (Seminar for Translation) under the direction of Prof. Jekatherina Lebedewa.
3. Interview about our Archive- The June edition of the German gay magazine Siegessäule published an interview with Prof. Haeberle in which he emphasized the free accessibility and global reach of our multilingual Archive ("In Hirschfelds Sinne", p.19). He also stressed its role in educating the public in many different countries about gender and transgender issues.
1. EFS congress in Portugal- From May 9-13, Prof. Haeberle attended the 10th Congress of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS) in Porto, Portugal, where he offered a presentation on our open access curriculum in sexual health. (For a German version, click here.) The congress also gave him the opportunity to meet colleagues from different countries who collaborate in various ways with our Archive. For photos, click here.
2. Archeological consultation- In the month of May, Prof. Haeberle was consulted by the archeologists Bertram Faensen and Dr. Heike Kennecke who are digging up the foundations of old historical homes in front of Berlin’s City Hall. At the site of one of these homes they found a Chinese erotic object dating back at least to the 18th century AD. How it found its way to Berlin more than 200 years ago is unclear. A comparison with similar objects from Prof. Haberle’s private collection suggested a similar purpose – as bridal gifts, they served to illustrate the couple’s marital duties. However, it is also possible that the especially delicate object found in Berlin served as a kind of conversation piece and was simply appreciated for its beauty. The research is continuing at this time. For photos, click here.
4. A visitor from Canada- On May 16, Prof. Haeberle met with Dr. David McKenzie from Vancouver, Canada, a counselor and sex therapist. Dr. McKenzie had come to Berlin for a visit to the Haeberle-Hirschfeld Archive at Humboldt University. For a photo, click here.
April 2010:- After many months of difficult programming work, we are now able to add a very important title to our online library. It is an exceptionally large annotated bibliography that has no parallel in the literature of sexual orientation. For anyone seriously interested in this very complex, often controversial and sometimes confusing subject, it is indeed a guide in the best sense of the word. (The author also edited the Encyclopedia of Homosexuality.) Originally published in print more than 20 years ago, the research guide has, unfortunately, not been continued or updated since then. Nevertheless, it still provides a solid basis for research into practically all aspects of homosexuality. We hope that our online publication will stimulate such research. After all, the HTML format in which we present this - as well all our other texts - makes it much easier to use than the original printed version or a PDF document. Here it is:
2. Exhibition at Humboldt University- This month, March 2010, the university’s main building (Unter den Linden 6) showed an exhibition of works by the portraitist Emil Stumpp (1886-1941): 25 lithographs depitcting famous personalities in Berlin in the early 20th century (Albert Einstein, Fritz Haber, Werner Sombart, Alfred Grotjahn, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, and others). Among them is a portrait of Magnus Hirschfeld, accompanied by a photo from the university’s Haeberle-Hirschfeld Archive. In return, the Archive has received a copy of the lithograph. Stumpp was a well-recognized artist of his time. An opponent of the Nazi regime, he was no longer allowed to work after 1933. In 1940 he was arrested and died in a Nazi prison. (For photo click here.)
3. A visitor from Israel- On March 11, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Adin Theilhaber-Talbar, the son of Felix Theilhaber. They discussed the legacy of his father in both Germany and Israel. In addition, they were very pleased to note the recent rebirth of sexology in Berlin and to speculate about its future prospects. (For photo click here.)
1. Our third course now in German translation- Our free online course "Physical Problems in Females and Males" is now also available in German: Körperliche Probleme beim weiblichen und männlichen Geschlecht. Thus, so far, our German translation comprises half of our curriculum (three of six courses).
3. Link to Hirschfeld's "Die Homosexualität des Mannes und des Weibes"- For technical reasons, we cannot include Hirschfeld’s major work in our online library. However, we are now able to provide an external link to the original edition of 1914. It can be read directly online or downloaded as a PDF document. For an introduction (in German) to the book, click here.
2. Another endorsement of our online courses- Our "open access" online curriculum in sexual health has now also been endorsed by the Academy for Sexology in Menlo Park, South Africa, and the Foundation Sexology South Africa (SSA). As stated by its president, Prof. Johann Lemmer, in his official letter to Prof. Haeberle:"I always recommend your courses to my students… as well as to all people in South Africa and all over the world who are interested in sexology. The Academy for Sexology and Sexology SA formally recognize and confirm the reliable, academic content of your courses."
3. A visitor from Lausanne- On December 18, Prof. Haeberle was visited by the philosopher Dr. Michael Groneberg from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, a benefactor of our Archive. Together they took a closer look at the Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv and discussed some current gender and transgender issues. They also explored several areas of possible future cooperation. For a photo, click here.
1. Our first course now in French translation- Our free online course "Basic Human Sexual Anatomy and Physiology" is now also available in French: Les fondements de l’anatomie et de la physiologie sexuelle chez l’être humain. This welcome addition means, among other things, that our Archive web site now offers sexual health information in a total of 12 languages.
3. Italian interview- On November 9, an Interview with Prof. Haeberle about our e-learning courses appeared in the Italian online magazine Arterotica. For the Italian original, click here. For an English translation, click here.
1. Haeberle-Hirschfeld Archive- On October 12, Prof. Haeberle’s print Archive, i.e. his library and collections (Haeberle-Hirschfeld-Archiv) became accessible to the public at the new centrally located university library of Humboldt University - the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Geschwister-Schollstr. 1-3, 10117 Berlin. The Archive - now entirely the property of Humboldt University - offers a very large number of historical and current sexological books and journals in several languages as well as collections of original documents (photos, posters, letters, postcards, newspaper clips, diaries, artifacts, audiotapes, films, videos, CDs, DVDs, etc.), making it now one of the most important sexological resources in the world. At this time, the various Archive collections are not yet accessible, since they are still in the process of being reorganized. However, we already offer a steadily expanding library catalogue, which, as a work-in-progress, can be searched directly online by clicking here. It lists books and other monographs, journals, and reprints. For details and photos of the new library building and the Archive itself, click here.
2. Another endorsement of our online courses- Our "open access" online curriculum in sexual health has now also been endorsed by the Norwegian Society for Clinical Sexology. As stated in its official letter: "The Norwegian Society for Clinical Sexology strongly endorses the online curriculum offered by Professor Erwin J. Haeberle and his Archive for Sexology...We highly recommend his courses". Signed: Anne Kristin Dobbe Eikaas, President.
1. Michel Foucault: Major Works, reviewed by Wayne R. Dynes.
4. A visitor from Berlin- On October 10, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Manfred Herzer, author of a Hirschfeld biography (Magnus Hirschfeld: Leben und Werk eines jüdischen, schwulen und sozialistischen Sexologen. 2nd edition. Hamburg 2001). Having known each other for over 25 years, they had an extended exchange of views about the past and possible future of Hirschfeld’s legacy in Berlin, especially in view of the current electronic revolution. For a photo, click here.
(This is a welcome addition to our two other encyclopedias: Haeberle, E. J., and Bullough, Vern L & B., eds.: Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia and Francoeur, Robert T., ed.: International Encyclopedia of Sexuality. We further offer a large ethnological world reference atlas: Janssen, D. F.: Growing Up Sexually as well as a complete textbook of sexology in three languages: Haeberle, E. J.: The Sex Atlas (also in German, and Turkish) and, by the same author, a Critical Dictionary of Sexology (also in German). Finally, we have two special glossaries online: Haeberle, E. J.: A Glossary of Inappropriate Scientific and Professional Terms (also in German) and Dynes, W. R.: Homolexis Glossary.)
2. Three of our courses now in Spanish translation
- We are now able to offer still another of our free online courses in Spanish translation: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases and their Prevention": Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual (ETS). This brings the number of our Spanish courses up to three.
3. A visitor from Geneva
- On September 21, Vincent Griesser MD visited Prof. Haeberle whose seminars he had attended when the latter had been visiting professor a the University of Geneva Medical School in 1984-85. Dr. Griesser has long specialized in medical information technology and was eager to discuss the fast expanding role of the internet in global health education. (For photo, click here.)
1. New book in Spanish- The German book "dtv-Atlas Sexualität" by E. J. Haeberle (Munich 2005) has now also been published in a Spanish edition: E. J. Haeberle: Atlas de la sexualidad (Ediciones Akal, Madrid). Thus, the book is now available in four languages (Spanish, German, Hungarian, and Croatian).
1. Automatic updates for our courses- In order to make our "Open Access" Curriculum in Sexual Health even more useful to our readers, we have now added automatic daily updates to the curriculum as a whole and to each of its six courses: Science Daily and Google Alerts will continuously provide information about current research as well as the latest news in the different areas covered.
(So far, this applies only to the English language versions. We are investigating if and to what extent these updates can also be supplied in other languages.)
1. Visitors from the US and Mexico- On June 8 and 9, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Michael Manchester, a doctoral student from Orlando, FL, who consulted him about his dissertation. (For photo click here)
- On June 29, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Prof. Osmar Juan Matsui Santana, Director of the Department of Public Health at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. They discussed a possible future cooperation. (For photo click here)
2. WAS congress in Göteborg- From June 21-25, Prof. Haeberle attended the 19th World Congress for Sexual Health in Göteborg, Sweden, where he gave an invited "Hirschfeld Lecture". He also met with several members of the Archive advisory board and with colleagues helping with the translation of our online courses. The congress was organized by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). (For photos click here)
- At the Göteborg congress, Patricia Weerakoon, a member of our Advisory Board, was given the WAS Award for Excellence and Innovation in Sexuality Education for the achievements of her University Program.
1. J. Edgar Bauer: Der Tod Adams: Geschichtsphilosophische Thesen zur Sexualemanzipation im Werk Magnus Hirschfelds
2. Manfred Herzer: Debatte: Hirschfelds Utopie, Hirschfelds Religion und das dritte Geschlecht der Romantik
3. J. Edgar Bauer: Debatte: Über Hirschfelds Anspruch. Eine Klarstellung.
4. Manfred Herzer: Debatte: Hirschfeld und das Unaussprechliche
5. J. Edgar Bauer: Debatte: Magnus Hirschfeld: per scientiam ad justitiam. Eine zweite Klarstellung.
6. Manfred Herzer: Debatte: Die Auflösung. Das Schweigen. Hirschfeld als Prophet. Nachklänge zu J. Edgar Bauers Hirschfeld-Deutung
7. J. Edgar Bauer: Debatte: Magnus Hirschfeld: Sexualidentität und Geschichtsbewußtsein. Eine dritte Klarstellung.
8. J. Edgar Bauer: Der "Einzige" als "Eigener". Gelegentliche Thesen zu einer ideologischen Mißdeutung Max Stirners
9. J. Edgar Bauer: Gender and the Nemesis of Nature: On Magnus Hirschfeld's Deconstruction of the Sexual Binary and the Concept of «Sexual Human Rights»
10. J. Edgar Bauer: A Szexuális különbözoség, a thalasszális regresszió és a „nem antropomorf animizmus" problémája Ferenczi Sándor muveiben
11. J. Edgar Bauer: Rod i nemesis prirode: o dekonstrukciji binarne podjele spola i konceptu «ljudskih seksualnih prava» Magnusa Hirschfelda
1. Now over 8,5 million hits monthly- From the first to the last day of March 2009, our Archive web site registered over 8,5 million hits, bringing up the total for the first three months of this year to over 22 million. During the same period, the number of pages viewed rose to over 1,6 million. Even more significant is the number of visits: In March alone we had over 270 000 unique visitors (i.e. different physical persons who had reached our site). Many users, of course, repeat their visits many times, and these repeats are not included. All in all, our website is now regularly being accessed from over 38 000 cities in 200 countries. The top ten of these are Germany, the USA, Mexico, Hungary, India, Great Britain, China, Spain, Brazil, and Colombia. Papers:
1. William Granzig: The Sexual Template and Erotology
2. Ray Blanchard: Paraphilia Scales From Kurt Freund’s Erotic Preferences Examination Scheme
3. J. Edgar Bauer: Deconstruction And Liberation - On Magnus Hirschfeld's Universalization of Sexual Intermediariness and Racial Hybridity
4. J. Edgar Bauer: Magnus Hirschfeld's Doctrine of Sexual Intermediaries and the Transgender Politics of (No-)Identity
5. J. Edgar Bauer: The Female Phallus: On Alfred Kinsey’s sexual vitalism, the theo-political reinstatement of the male/female divide, and the postmodern de-finitization of sexualities
6. J. Edgar Bauer: Wilhelm Reich: Organisierter Mystizismus, genitales Elend und die Bedeutung Christi
7. J. Edgar Bauer: Die Devise und ihr Nachklang - Zur allerneuesten Fortsetzung der Nicht-Rezeption von Magnus Hirschfelds sexueller Zwischenstufenlehre
1. Our Archive celebrates its 15th anniversary- Fifteen years ago, in March 1994, Prof. Haeberle founded the Archive for Sexology as a subunit of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, using his own books and papers as the material base. After his retirement from government service in 2001, he moved the Archive to Humboldt University and, in 2004, donated his library and collections to the HU main library. Starting this summer, all these printed materials will become available as the Haeberle-Hirschfeld Archive at the new, centrally located Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Center. Prof. Haeberle has retained and greatly expanded the electronic part of his Archive under the name of Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology, financing it with his private funds. It offers sexological information in 11 languages. In both of its separate forms - printed and electronic - the Archive has now been in existence for 15 years - one year longer than Hirschfeld's original Institute for Sexology (1919-1933). Moreover, every month our Archive web site now registers over 6 million hits and over 200 000 unique visitors from over 200 countries. Thus, in the currrent anniversary month alone it has more users than Hirschfeld's Institute had in all the 14 years of its existence.
2. Our first course now in Farsi translation- Our free online course "Basic Human Sexual Anatomy and Physiology" is now also available in Farsi (Persian). It was translated by the editors of an Iranian journal for a special edition entirely devoted to our course: Jenseyat va Jameh (Sexuality and Society, No. 4, March 2009). As a result, we are able to offer this latest version of our course on our web site as a PDF document. This means that our Archive is now providing sexual health information in a total of 11 languages. Paper:
1. Milton Diamond: Civil Behavior: Same-sex Partnerships and Old Hawaii's Tradition of Tolerance
1. Our second online course now in German- The second of our freely accessible online courses "Human Reproduction" is now also available in German: "Die menschliche Fortpflanzung".
1. Now all of our online courses available in Chinese- Thanks to our colleague Prof. Peng Xiaohui and his students at the Huazhong Normal University, Wuhan, we are now able to offer all six of our online courses in Chinese translation. This means that our complete "Open Acces" Curriculum on Sexual Health is now available in three languages: English, Hungarian, and Chinese. With this latest installment, Prof. Peng has completed an enormous, time-consuming task and rendered a great service to all of our Chinese readers, because he has made his translations available not only in simplified, but also in traditional script. The entire project has been actively supported and reviewed by our advisory board members Prof. Fang-fu Ruan inTaiwan and Prof. M. L. Ng in Hong Kong.
2. New bookThe German book "dtv-Atlas Sexualität" by E. J. Haeberle (Munich 2005) has just appeared in a Croatian edition: E. J. Haeberle: Atlas seksualnosti (Zagreb 2008).
We have also received a new
contribution to our encyclopedia
(eds. Haeberle, Bullough & Bullough):
1. Another endorsement of our online courses- Our "open acces" online curriculum in sexual health has now also been endorsed by Shu-Te University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. As stated in a bilingual official letter: "The Graduate School of Human Sexuality at Kaohsiung,Taiwan, is using parts of Prof. Haeberle’s online Curriculum in Sexual Health very successfully for its own doctoral and Master’s program. Both our faculty and our staff find the courses very helpful."
1. Important donation to our Archive: Benjamin-Kinsey correspondence- Early this month, Ben Cable of Phoenix, Arizona, USA, kindly donated a fascinating correspondence between Harry Benjamin and Alfred C. Kinsey to our Archive. As the donor explains in his accompanying statement: "The Benjamin - Kinsey letters give some invaluable insight into the challenges of studying sexuality and sexual identity in the 1950’s." The letters, together with many other historical documents collected by our Archive, will be made available to qualified scholars in the new, centrally located main library of Humboldt University, which will open next summer (Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm Center). For additional details, click here.
1. A milestone: Our web site now in 10 languages- We have just made the Turkish edition of Prof. Haeberle’s textbook freely accessible on our web site: "Cinsel Atlas" (already available are the English original "The Sex Atlas" and the German edition "Die Sexualität des Menschen"). Thus, we now offer sexual health information in a total of 10 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Russian, Hungarian, Czech, Chinese, and Turkish. However, in view of the growing demand for our unique "open access" curriculum in sexual health, we want to do more. Indeed, we are now looking forward to more translations of our courses into still other languages and to the completion of those translations that remain incomplete at this time. Special thanks are due to the idealistic colleagues in their various home countries who, in some cases together with their students and staff, have provided and continue to provide the translations.Their work is greatly appreciated by our millions of readers all over the world.
1. Now three of our courses in Portuguese translation- In addition to our free online courses "Physical Problems in Females and Males" and "Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Their Prevention", we are now also able to offer our first course "Basic Human Sexual Anatomy and Physiology" in a Portuguese translation. All three translations have been prepared by Prof. Antonio Palha and his staff at the Medical School of the University of Porto.
3. The latest addition to our behavior surveys
1. Diana Schiftan: Sexual Behavior in German-Speaking Switzerland
1. Hungarian translation of our online curriculum now complete- Thanks to our advisory board member Dr. Vilmos Szilágyi, all six courses of our Open Access Curriculum in Sexual Health are now available in Hungarian.
2. The latest addition to our behavior surveys
1. Diana Schiftan: Sexualverhalten in der deutschsprachigen Schweiz
3. Another endorsement of our online courses
- Our online curriculum in sexual health has now also received the endorsement of the Institute for Clinical Sexology and Therapy in Oslo, Norway.
1. Another endorsement of our online courses- Our online curriculum in sexual health has now also been endorsed by the Norwegian Society for Clinical Sexology (NFKS).
3. Our first course now in Russian translation
- Our free online course on "Basic Human Sexual Anatomy and Physiology" is now also available in a Russian translation prepared by Dr. Yuriy Zharkov in Moscow, Russia.
4. Faculty appointment- Effective September 1, 2008, Prof. Haeberle has been appointed Honorary Professor at the Family Institute of the University of Hong Kong.
1. Award- On June 22, Prof. Haeberle received the Wilhelm von Humboldt Foundation Award for his lifetime achievement. The ceremony took place at the Medical History Museum of the Charité (Medical School of Humboldt University). Accepting the award, the honoree presented a lecture (in German) on Wilhelm von Humboldt's Educational Ideal in the Global Information Society.
3. Our first course now in Italian translation- Our free online course on "Basic Human Sexual Anatomy and Physiology" is now also available in an Italian translation prepared by Prof. Salvatore Caruso and his students at the University of Catania, Sicily.
4. Two of our courses now in Portuguese translation- Our free online courses "Physical Problems in Females and Males" and "Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Their Prevention" are now also available in a Portuguese translation prepared by Prof. Antonio Palha and his staff at the Medical School of the University of Porto.
1. Another endorsement of our online courses- Our online courses have now also received the endorsement of the Finnish Association for Sexology: "The Finnish Association for Sexology (FIAS) strongly endorses the online curriculum offered by Professor Erwin J. Haeberle and his Archive for Sexology. In Finland and in other Nordic countries we have a common training program for sexual counsellors and clinical sexologists where we can utilize various information and courses provided by the Archive for Sexology. These online courses are excellent when we need to harmonize the available information in different countries and in different training institutes and university departments. We highly recommend these online courses for the teachers in sexology as well as for our sexology students."
2. Feedback questionnaire
3. Faculty appointment
- The American Academy of Clinical Sexologists (AACS) has appointed Prof. Haeberle to its graduate faculty with the rank of Clinical Professor. At the same time, he has also joined the Academy’s advisory board.
1. Second course in Czech translation
- Our free online course on "Human Reproduction" is now also available in a Czech translation prepared by colleagues at Charles University, Prague: Lidská reprodukce.
1. Another endorsement of our online courses
- Our online courses have now also received the endorsement of the World Association of Chinese Sexologists (WACS): "The World Asscociation of Chinese Sexologists (WACS) strongly endorses the online curriculum offered by Prof. E. J. Haeberle and his Archive for Sexology. His freely accessible courses provide an excellent introduction to the study of sexual health. However, they can also be used at an advanced level of study, because their numerous internal and external links lead the interested reader to a wealth of additional information. We therefore recommend the courses to all teachers and students in all fields dealing with human sexuality."
1. Our Archive featured in new Chinese journal
- The newly founded World Association of Chinese Sexologists (WACS) has started the publication of its journal Chinese Sexuality Research (WACS Newsletter. vol. 1, Nr. 1, 2008). It contains a substantial, illustrated article on our Archive with many direct links to its content.
1. Endorsement of our web site
- Our web site has now been endorsed by the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong: "The Archive for Sexology covers information that anyone might ever need about human sexuality, from the history of sexology, basic sexual anatomy and physiology to human reproduction, sexual dysfunctions, sexual orientation and the problems of sexual conformity and sexual deviance. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of reference materials on sex, and allows for the online training of sex educators anywhere in the world. We highly recommend the website to all who want to advance in the field of sexology."
- At the invitation of some Chinese colleagues, Prof. Haeberle and his research assistant Gene G. Bernal visited China from October 20 - November 30. They first stayed at the China Sex Museum in Tongli, where they worked on several common projects with the directors Prof. Liu Dalin and Dr. Hu Hongxia. At the museum, Prof. Haeberle also met with Prof. Peng Xiaohui from Wuhan, the translator of our web site into Chinese. In addition, Prof. Haeberle lectured in two larger cities - at a men’s hospital in Wuxi and at a women’s hospital at Wujiang, using the Chinese version of his online courses.
- On November 11, Prof. Haeberle was the keynote speaker at a women’s health conference at Shu-Te University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Following this conference, he gave a series of graduate seminars in the university’s sexology program in cooperation with our advisory board member Prof. Ruan Fang-fu. For this, a new version of our web site in traditional Chinese script proved very useful.
- Following his stay in Taiwan, Prof. Haeberle visited the Family Institute of the University of Hong Kong, where he presented some workshops in cooparation with our advisory board member Prof. M.L. Ng. Here again, the new Chinese version of our courses in traditional Chinese script was used (see below).
2. Second Chinese version of our web site
- During the month of November, a second Chinese version of our web site was made available by our colleague Prof. Peng Xiaohui at Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan. In contrast to the first version, which uses the simplified script of mainland China, this new version uses traditional Chinese script which can be read in Hong Kong and Taiwan and by most overseas Chinese. It can be found on our home page by clicking on the flag of Hong Kong.
3. Another endorsement of our online courses
- Our sexual health curriculum has now also been endorsed by the Wujiang Family Planning Association in Wujiang, China: "We find Prof. Haeberle’s online courses on sexual health very useful, especially for the training of health workers. However, they are also very informative for the general public. We therefore wholeheartedly recommend these courses to anyone interested in questions of human sexuality."
1. New member of our Advisory Board
- Our scientific advisory board has been joined by Dr. Patricia Weerakoon, Academic Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Sexual Health at the University of Sydney. She has long been a supporter of online teaching in sexual health education.
1. Directory of sexological training programs
- Since many of our readers are interested in obtaining certificates, diplomas or academic degrees in sexology, we have begun to create a separate world-wide Directory of Sexological Training Programs. Such programs have long been listed on various web sites, but some of these are now out of date. At this initial stage, our own new directory therefore includes only programs that could be confirmed as being active. At the same time, we are trying to contact all other possible candidates for inclusion and always welcome updates, additions, and corrections. They should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. New member of our Advisory Board
- Our scientific advisory board has been joined by Dr. Barbara Schwepcke, founder and owner of Haus Publishing, London, who has long been a supporter of our work. Her experience as an international journalist and her success as a publisher in the UK will help us in the development of various future projects.
- The introduction to our "open access" curriculum in sexual health has now been republished on the web site of e-learningeuropa, a portal established by the European Commission to promote the use of multimedia technologies and internet at the service of education and training. The article appears under the title "The Archive for Sexology – The World’s Largest E-learning Project".
1. Another endorsement of our online courses
- Our sexual health curriculum has now also been endorsed by the Czech Sexological Society. Its president, Prof. Jaroslav Zvěřina, writes: "For members of the Czech Sexological Society your web site has been a very important source of information for years… This is the reason for the recent translation of your programme into the Czech language. We are very glad that the Czech persons concerned will now have the opportunity to obtain the latest information about human sexuality from your very interesting programme."
2. New member of our Advisory Board
- Our scientific advisory board has been joined by Prof. Fang-fu Ruan, who has long been a supporter of our work and is still helping with the Chinese translation of our online courses. He teaches at the Graduate School of Human Sexuality of Shu-Te University in Taiwan.
1. More endorsements of our online courses
- We have just learned that, even before the completion of our curriculum, our free online courses had been reviewed in the British journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy (Vol. 21, No. 3, August 2006). In the words of the first reviewer, Dr. Michel Perring of Optimal Health: "The Internet E-Learning curriculum in sexual health from the Archive for Sexology … is written thoughtfully, it is concise and easy to read. …A debt of gratitude is owed to Professor Haeberle… (His) energy and sense of purpose has achieved much of continuing benefit to the field of sexology." The second reviewer, Prof. Lin S. Myers of the California State University, Stanislaus, had added: "This is an excellent and unique resource…I highly recommend these E-courses for any adult who would like to to learn more about sexuality and sexual health."
- In addition, our curriculum is now being recommended by the American feminist New View Campaign as "an excellent series of free online sex ed courses".
- Our curriculum has now also been endorsed by the Bulgarian National Center of Public Health Protection, an agency of the Bulgarian Ministry of Health. Its official announcement states, among other things: "We would like to underline that the contents of both the courses and the Web Site of the Archive are very useful and…a tool for academic and therapeutic activities and for scientific research… We are highly recommending to all governmental institutions and relevant NGOs in the filed of human sexuality around the world to use the Curriculum in Human Sexology. Finally we would like to thank Prof. Haeberle for his enormous engagement in the supervision and the support of the professionals working in the field of sexology in Bulgaria."
- Another, very important message of support has been received from a large international organization: Prof. Antonio Pacheco Palha, in his capacity as its president, has informed us that our online courses have now been officially endorsed by the European Federation of Sexology (EFS). The EFS has 40 national member societies - in Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
1. Endorsements of our online courses in sexual health
- Our free online curriculum of courses in
sexual health has been officially endorsed by the American Board of Sexology
(ABS): "The curriculum in sexual
health offered by the Archive for Sexology is accepted as meeting the
educational requirements for certification as a Diplomate in clinical sexology
by the American Board of Sexology." Prof. James Walker, president of the ABS, also makes this
personal statement: "It is essential for
every sexologist to be familiar with the information provided in this
curriculum. I therefore urge all those working in this field to take advantage
of this unparalleled offer."
2. Czech translation of our first online course
Our first online course "Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology" is now also available in a Czech translation. It has been prepared at Charles University, Prague, by Mgr. Martin Chochola of the Department of Psychology and Prof. Petr Weiss of the Institue of Sexology and their students. Thus, the course is now being offered in six languages: Czech, English, German, Spanish, Hungarian, and Chinese.
1. Now complete: Our online courses in sexual health
With the completion of our latest course "Human Sexual Behavior" we are now able to offer an entire Curriculum in Sexual Health. This curriculum, consisting of six e-learning courses, is freely accessible and can be used by universities, colleges, professional organizations and public and private agencies for the training of students both on campus and in distance study and continuing education programs. The courses are available in several languages and, needless to say, they can also be used by private individuals for their own information.
2. A visitor from Denmark
On March 20, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Dr. Gorm Wagner, Senior Researcher at the University Hospital in Copenhagen. During a lengthy discussion, they explored the potential of various electronic media for the future sexological training of health professionals.
1. Preparations for the World Congress 2009
On January 27, Prof. Haeberle was visited by Prof. Lars-Gösta Dahlöf, President of the 19th World Congress for Sexual Health in Göteborg, Sweden, June 21-25, 2009. The congress, under the motto "Sexual Health Promotion – A Global Challenge", will put a special emphasis on e-learning. The meeting in Berlin explored various ways in which online courses could be made part of the Göteborg congress itself and thus benefit the participants directly.
1. 100 Years of Sexology
One hundred years ago, in 1906, the Berlin dermatologist Iwan Bloch introduced the concept of sexology as a science in its own right. In commemoration, the German Akademie für Sexualmedizin organized a conference in the historic auditorium of the world's first sexological congress (organized in Berlin by Magnus Hirschfeld in 1921). The proceedings have now been published. Among other contributions, they contain a paper by Prof. Haeberle "Deutsche Sexualwissenschaft in der Emigration - Eine transatlantische Spurensuche" (German Sexology in the New World - A Transatlantic Search for Traces), in: Sexuologie, Vol. 13, Nr. 2-4, 2006, pp.93-100.
1. New book
The German book "dtv-Atlas Sexualität"
by E. J. Haeberle (Munich 2005) has just appeared in a Hungarian edition:
Thanks especially to our advisory board member Milton Diamond, we are happy to announce the following additions to our fast growing online library:
1. Visitors from China
From October 6 - 9, we were visited by Prof. Liu Dalin and Dr. Hu Hongxia, the founders and directors of the China Sex Museum. During this visit, the Archive and the Museum signed a new agreement of cooperation. For details, see here.
We are happy to announce the following additions to our fast growing online library:
For previous news, see our Archive Telegram.