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#NewsFlash | Doctor Ruth offers tips for better sex and a better life on Monday
It’s time for a group therapy session.
The Central Queens Y hosts Dr. Ruth Westheimer on Love, Life and Joie De Vivre on Monday, Oct. 15, at 1:30 pm.
Lovingly known as “Doctor Ruth,” this world famous sex therapist is known for her blunt, funny, and down-to-earth advice on all matters of the heart…and libido. On Monday, she will discuss her specialty areas, but she’ll often share her personal story, offer insights about how to enjoy life to the fullest, and plug some of her books, such as “Myths of Love: Echoes of Ancient Mythology in the Modern Romantic Imagination,” which looks at ancient Greek and Roman archetypes such as Narcissus, Helen of Troy, Venus, and Adonis and their relevance to 21st century relationships.
Doctor Ruth rose to fame via “Sexually Speaking,” a 15-minute, taped radio show that aired Sundays after midnight on WYNY-FM in New York City, starting in September 1980. It took off and quickly became a live, one-hour program at 10 pm with a call-in feature. From there, she added television, books, newspapers (a syndicated “Ask Dr. Ruth” column), a board game (Dr. Ruth’s Game of Good Sex), home video, computer software, and her own website.
Currently, she’s 90 years old and showing no signs of slowing down.
There is a $10 suggested donation to attend this event, and books will be on sale. Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108th St. in Forest Hills.
Though she’s been a famous sex therapist for years, Doctor Ruth’s early life was extremely difficult. Born Karola Ruth Siegel in Germany in 1928, she was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland after narrowly escaping the Holocaust. (Her Orthodox Jewish parents were murdered.) At age 17, she went to Israel to join Haganah, the Jewish freedom fighters, during the country’s War of Independence in the late 1940s. (She sustained a severe leg injury during the conflict.)
From there, Doctor Ruth moved to Paris to study at the Sorbonne and teach kindergarten. She immigrated to the United States in 1956, getting a masters degree and a doctorate in education. Her career in the human sexuality field began with a job at Planned Parenthood, followed by teaching jobs at various colleges.
Currently, she travels the world and teaches at various institutions, but she still lives in the Washington Heights neighborhood where she raised her children soon after coming to this country.
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