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To Dr. Ruth, neither size nor age matters

Westheimer Some anticlimactic (no pun intended) news: Dr. Ruth Westheimer is 79 years old today. You're probably thinking the same thing I am: Only 79? Wasn't she at least that old back in the '80s when she was doling out sex advice on radio and TV? I guess not.

The German-born psychosexual therapist started her radio show, "Sexually Speaking," back in September 1980. Originally only a 15-minute, taped program that aired once a week after midnight on a New York radio station, the show evolved into a nationwide show where sexually-confused listeners could call in their questions live. Many fans seemed more titillated by her heavily-accented pronunciations of frank words like "penis" and "vagina" than the actual advice itself.

As the '80s moved forward, her media empire would grow to encompass TV, newspapers, magazines, home video, computer software and even board games. (I won't tell you what you collect when you pass "go" in "Dr. Ruth's Game of Good Sex." But it's nice.)

These days, Dr. Ruth spends most of her time teaching at colleges, including NYU, Yale and Princeton, and running her private practice.

Check out her website for links to her "endorsed" bedroom products along with continuing tips for us all. (Example: Did you know May was National Masturbation Month. Give yourself a hand if you celebrated.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:23pm]


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