Friday, June 4, 2010

June 4

I do not have a one-track mind. It just so happens that today's the birthday of Dr Ruth Westheimer, who's kind of the Yoda of sex. Literally, she's a short, funny-talking guru who seems to know everything you ever wanted to know about the powers you have inside you, and beyond. Growing up in the 80's, before I even knew what sex was, I knew who she was. (Something about the 80's really liked people with funny Germanic accents.)
But her work on TV and radio transitioned American sexuality. Before she became part of the pop culture, sex was largely discussed in innuendo, focused primarly on the acquisition of such, and otherwise treated like a dirty secret. Dr Ruth allowed people to listen to, and begin to talk about, all aspects of sexuality in a mature manner.
She's still dispensing advice, on top of simultaneously teaching at Princeton and Yale. Here's a clip she did for a cable channel:

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