I grew up in the 1980s, so I couldn’t help but know who Dr. Ruth was. Her popularity exploded and she was absolutely everywhere. I heard her on the radio. I saw her in the movies and on talk shows—she was even on MTV. However, I didn’t fully understand or appreciate how revolutionary the work she was doing truly was back then. For a long time, all I really knew was that she was a short woman who talked a lot about this thing called “sex,” something else I didn’t fully understand in the 80s, either.
On my way to the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality conference in Denver last week, a movie called Ask Dr. Ruth showed up as one of my in-flight entertainment options. Given that I was headed to a sex conference, a movie about Dr. Ruth only seemed appropriate to watch. Plus, I was always curious to learn more about this woman I had heard so much about growing up. So I began watching and was enthralled from start to finish.Read More