Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Sex Lady, Part 2

CAPE lost its funding when I was partway through college. It's unfortunate, because it was doing a lot of good things. It was also a great job that I really liked. Feh.

After a short detour (I sold books for a couple of years, and drank a bunch of beer), I re-entered the world of sexual health when I landed a job as a research coordinator and community educator at the Virology Research Clinic (VRC), one of the top centers of herpesvirus research in the world.

Oh, wait - this is important - at one point during the course of these past events, I started having sex myself. This continues to be one of the best things to happen to me, ever.

Anyway, after nearly 8 years at the VRC, it became clear to me that sex and sexuality are absolutely central in the lives of people. Not that people do nothing but think about boning all day, but that very little in this world effects people as deeply as sex does. I've seen successful, happy people go completely bonkers on account their sex lives. End-up-in-the-hospital-getting-shock-treatment bonkers. This is powerful stuff, I'm telling you.

This winter shall be the season of me biting the bullet, as I head back to school for a master's degree in marriage and family counseling, which is the recommended training for sex therapists. The degree, along with this here blog and some things I'm not yet ready to reveal, are all part of my master plan. We live in a society that wants us to be ashamed of our sexy feelings and abilities, while simultaneously shoving sex down our throats. I think this ruins more lives than we know. I'm going to help change it.

They're already calling me the Sex Lady, right?

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