Our society is saturated with sex. It’s everywhere from social media to Netflix. But it wasn’t always this way. Sex was a very taboo topic for a long time. But some sex therapists fought hard and broke through to the mainstream. Some even became household names like Dr. Ruth. She’s one of the most popular sex therapists of our generation. Dr. Ruth has hosted radio shows, TV shows, appeared in movies and written over 40 books on sexuality. Here’s our interview Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
In your own words, explain your profession.
I’m a behavioral therapist who specializes in the area of sex and relationships. I don’t try to dig deep down to find out what is wrong with people but instead give them practical advice to help them solve their problems.
What is the question you are asked the most?
There are so many but perhaps the most common has to do with penis size.
What is your favorite part of your job?
When a client reports that my advice has worked!
How do you use technology and social media to tell people about you and your work?
I’m on Twitter. And have a website and a YouTube channel. People with sex-related questions can use the Internet to initiate a conversation with me.
Tell us about your new book, Sexually Speaking: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Sexual Health?
It’s named after my radio show that ran from 1980-1990. I wrote it with a noted obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Amos Gruenbaum. Together we give women the advice they need on how to stay healthy, including their sexual health, which is a topic that is often ignored by doctors.
What projects are you currently working on?
There is a Dr. Ruth wine coming out called Vin D’Amour. It’s a low alcohol product so that people don’t fall asleep after drinking it and can still have sex! There is a one-woman play about my life at Barrington Stage starring Debra Jo Rupp from That 70s Show. And in the fall I’ll be teaching at Columbia’s Teacher’s College.
What is the number one piece of advice you can give to couples about relationships?
Communicate. Humans aren’t telepaths or mind readers. So if you don’t tell your partner your needs, there is no way for your partner to guess.
Tell us something about yourself that your friends reading this right now won’t already know.
The BBC is putting together a series called Extraordinary Women, and I’m one of them!
Does Dr. Ruth have a favorite article on MethodShop, and why?
How to explain Twitter to your Grandma because I’m a Grandmother!
Please complete this sentence…I want everyone reading this to…
…have terrific sex!
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