Review Boards Force Sex Research Into the Closet, Survey Suggests

The expanding reach of institutional review boards, which has frustrated historians and social scientists, has also stymied research about sexuality, says a professor in the latest issue of Contexts, a magazine published by the American Sociological Association.

"The sexuality angle of this research complicated IRB deliberations in particular ways, and that's because of the culture of stigma in general around sexuality," Janice M. Irvine, author of the