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Dr. Debra W Soh - Self-employed. Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. Debra W Soh Dr. Debra W Soh

Sex science journalist & columnist | Self-employed

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Columnist for Bylines: Harper's, the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, the Globe and Mail, Scientific American & more.



Debra W. Soh writes about the science of sex and its politicization. She is a columnist for and her writing can also be found in Harper's, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail, CBC, Scientific American, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, New York Magazine, Men's Health, the Independent, the Weekend Australian, Quillette, the Korea Herald, Salon, and Pacific Standard.

She is interviewed frequently about the science behind gender identity and biological sex; transgender children; "furries;" hypersexuality; and paraphilias (unusual sexual interests).

Her comments have appeared across international media outlets, including the BBC, New York Times, Dan Savage's podcast, Discover Magazine, NPR, USA Today, National Review, Daily Wire, National Post, Federalist, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, Maxim, AskMen, the Kinsey Institute's series, and many others.

Debra holds a PhD from York University and was awarded the Provost Dissertation Scholarship for her fMRI research on paraphilias and hypersexuality. She is a recipient of the prestigious Michael Smith Foreign Study Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has published in academic journals including Archives of Sexual Behavior and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Areas of Expertise (13)

paraphilias (unusual sexual interests)


transgender children

gender dysphoria in children

neuroscience of gender identity

sex addiction

porn addiction



Gender Differences

pedophilia and prevention of child sexual abuse

coercive sex

sex education

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (3)

The complex circumstances that defined your gender

The BBC  


An interview I did with the BBC on how gender develops.

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The tricky question of how to treat pedophiles

Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast  


An interview I did with Dan Savage on his podcast. In the Magnum Edition at the 46:00 mark.

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A sex researcher at a furry convention

Discover Magazine's Neuroskeptic blog  


Discover Magazine covers my work on "furries," which was the first to suggest their lifestyle is not primarily motivated by sex.

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Event Appearances (1)

Professional Speaker, "The Science Behind Gender Identity"

The Conference Board of Canada "Safe Spaces" Meeting  Toronto


Articles (3)

Let's Make Sure Ontario's Sex-Ed Curriculum Is Here to Stay

The Globe and Mail


In the absence of sex ed, children use pornography as a learning tool.

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The Transgender Battle Line: Childhood

The Wall Street Journal


Psychologists have learned how to treat adults with gender dysphoria, but how about 5-year-olds?

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Below the Pelt



An excerpt of my academic paper on furries, published in Harper's March 2015 issue.

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