Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

What's Wrong with Sex, Asks Patricia; Independent Candidate Opens Up about Her Past Research

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

What's Wrong with Sex, Asks Patricia; Independent Candidate Opens Up about Her Past Research

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Byline: Joel Gould joel.gould@qt.com.au

PATRICIA Petersen says sex is good and she can't understand why her critics are so keen to discredit her for being interested in it.

Despite contrary claims made at a recent public forum, the University of Queensland has confirmed that Ms Petersen was awarded a doctorate on October 11, 2002.

That doctorate delved into areas of sexuality and followed up Ms Petersen's book entitled Morality, Sexual Facts and Fantasies.

Ms Petersen, who is contesting the state seat of Ipswich as an independent, said her dissertation was multi-disciplinary, with sex just one of the areas of study.

Online bloggers have sought to use Ms Petersen's research to discredit her campaign.

aSexuality is mentioned but it also touches on many aspects of contemporary life including history, art, politics and economics,a Ms Petersen said.

aI've had a doctorate for a decade and since then I've demonstrated I am interested in a wide range of topics, so I find it curious that others are so obsessed and fixated with sexuality. …

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