Welcome to Dear Dr. J.
Do you have questions related to S-E-X? Or perhaps you have questions about a particular issue regarding pleasure, consent or intimacy? Well, you have come to the right place. No need to feel shy, we have all been there, and many of us still are. We live in a world that is very sexualized, yet it can be a challenge to wade through all of the information and resources available. As a public health professional, I prioritize comprehensive sexual health education for all ages.
Who is Dr. J.? I am a Certified Sexuality Educator through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, as well as a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. I completed the Sexual Health Certificate Program at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, earning a certificate in Sexuality Counseling and Sexuality Education. I received my Ph.D. in Health Studies/Community Health from Texas Woman’s University, and hold both an MPH and BS in Community Health from Indiana University, Bloomington. I have over 20 years of practical and academic public health experience.
I am often asked what it means to be a sexual health educator, and why this work is important to me. The short answer is I enjoy sex, and I love teaching about it. Sex can be a wonderful, fulfilling experience, but can also be frustrating, confusing and completely devoid of pleasure. Part of my goal as a sexual health educator is to help individuals embrace their own sexual selves. I cover a variety of topics such as basic anatomy, sexual desire, and masturbation, as well as porn literacy, and healthy relationships.
I believe sexual health education should begin before our first sexual encounter. Age-appropriate comprehensive sexual health education is lacking within our country. According to SIECUS, only 29 states and the District of Columbia require sex education to be taught in schools. In Texas there is no mandate that requires sex education be taught, and for those school districts that do offer it, it must emphasize abstinence. This leaves our young people ill-equipped to make well informed decisions regarding their sexual health as they enter adulthood.
My approach to sex education centers around addressing those questions that many of us have but are too embarrassed to ask. All responses are delivered through a sex positive viewpoint and infused with humor, lightheartedness, and of course supported by medically accurate information. This means that we can discuss just about anything related to sex and sexuality. If you find it difficult to have conversations around topics of sexuality, reproductive health or intimate relationships use me as your sexual health resource.
Sex, whether solo or partnered is a natural part of life so let’s approach it as such. We should be able to explore our sexual desires without shame, guilt or fear. Let’s discuss the questions you have in a fun, non-threatening manner designed to both educate and entertain. Come along on this journey with me as we engage in conversations that make us giggle in private, and blush in public.
Peace, love and orgasms,
Column Disclaimer for Readers
The information contained in this column is for educational and informational purposes only. The information contained in this column is not intended as, and shall not be understood or construed as, medical or health advice. While the professional does address sexual health issues, the information provided in this column is not a substitute for medical or health advice from a professional who is aware of the facts and circumstances of your individual situation.
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