Have you ever wondered "How do Denobulans have sex?" or "Is  Deltan sex rougher than Klingon sex?" Probably not, but given that I'm starting my college speaking tour in less than two months, I figured I better be armed and ready just in case. So here's a primer I've put together on sex in Star Trek:

Denobulans: Denobulans practiced polygamy. Each Denobulan had three partners, and each of these had two other partners. Denobulans were liberal about sex, with sex occurring during Denobulan mating cycles.

Deltans: Deltans were so highly sexed that they were forbidden from having sex while in Starfleet. Deltan sex was such an intense activity that a member of another species who had sex with a Deltan could go insane as a result.

Vulcans: Vulcans were ruled by strict logic except every seven years during pon farr, which was the Vulcan mating cycle when a Vulcan lost all emotional control.

Klingons: There is not a single thing about Klingon sex that could ever be described as "gentle."

The Ferengi: The Ferengi were the from the planet Ferenginar. They had prominent ears which were also their main erogenous zones. Foreplay for Frengi was called "omax" which is the stroking or massaging of the Frengi ear lobes. To call male Ferengi chauvinistic pigs is to be kind. Female Ferengi's didn't have life so good--they were forbidden by law to wear clothes and had few if any rights. From the official (and unofficial) Ferengi Rules of Acquisition:

#21: Never place friendship above profit.
#31: Never make fun of a Ferengi's mother. Insult something he cares about instead.
#40: She can touch your lobes but never your latinum (money).
#76: Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies.
#111: Treat people in your debt like family ... exploit them.
#139: Wives serve, brothers inherit.
#255: A Wife is a luxury... A smart accountant is a necessity.

Andorians: A blue species of tall, slender people from Andoria in the Alpha Quadrant. Andorians had four genders as opposed to the usual "male" and "female" of other species. They had antennas on their heads which were imporant devices for communication. The reproductive organs of the Andorians remained retracted until they reached their first puberty at age 12 or so. As a result, Androians were raised in a gender-neurtral environment. Andorians "kissed" by touching the tips of their antennae together. Their sexuality appeared to be quite complex.

As for Star-Trek sexual orientation twisters: viewers still wonder if Garak and Bashir were gay.

About the Author

Paul Joannides

Paul Joannides, Psy.D., is a research psychoanalyst, the author of Guide To Getting It On, and a speaker on college campuses.

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