Dr. Susan Block is a world renowned sex therapist, radio talk show host and expert on the culture of the bonobo great ape. Needless to say, this is an especially interesting episode! We explore how pleasure can be a guiding principle in the good life, when it is tempered with kindness and a sense of meaning. We discuss the methods and positive outcomes of erotic theater therapy. We cover different cultural perspectives on sex, sexual identity, taboos and repression. We take a deep look into the culture of the Bonobo great ape, who is one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, to see how they might teach us about forming a more peaceful society – they have never been seen killing each other in the wild or in captivity! Other topics include female empowerment, asexuality, polygamy and politics. This episode contains material that may be graphic for some of our younger viewers, but it is an enlightening look into the psychology of sex and the good life.
“Susan Marilyn Block, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Dr. Susan Block Institute for the Erotic Arts & Sciences. A world-renowned sexologist and best-selling author whose newest book, The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace through Pleasure,, is garnering great critical acclaim, Dr. Block is perhaps best known for her popular HBO specials. A magna cum laude graduate with distinction from Yale University, she received her doctorate in philosophy with a major in psychology from California Miramar University, as well as an honorary doctorate of the arts from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. One of the top contributors to the new Wiley-Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, having written articles on the subjects of cuckolding, fetish, spanking, phone sex and striptease, she also wrote the foreword for the recently released collection, Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.” –Blurb taken from drsusanblockinstitute.com