I am a sexologist which encompasses the study of human sexual (and relationship) behavior. I am often asked the equivalent of how a nice girl like me gets into a field like this. The credit (blame, if you take an oppositional view) belongs to San Francisco Sex Information’s Training for Volunteers.
In 1972 three women in the helping professions started this phone-in hotline to provide accurate nonjudgmental sex information to the San Francisco Bay Area. Their hopes were that it would be useful for a few years. Now, almost 40 years later, it is still going strong as a telephone help line (415-989-SFSI) and as on online presence (www.sfsi.org) available to the world at large.
I was a newly divorced single mom with a degree in Psychology and Communications working as a real estate professional when I decided to do some volunteer work and first took the Training. Not only did it expand my world, it turned it around completely. I wrote a book about my experiences with the hotline, Aural Sex & Verbal Intercourse, later re-published as Sex Information, May I Help You?
After working on the phone line for a while I could see the need for more widely available information and I approached my local alternative newspaper, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, with the idea for a Q & A column on sex and relationships. Outside of the columns by the fusty twins Ann and Abbey there was nothing similar available in print. Other papers picked up my column, “Ask Isadora”. I had a local weekly listener call-in radio program. I did several TV talk show guest spots. I got my Master’s Degree and became credentialed as a counselor in California. And here I am more than thirty years later, still happily dealing in sex and relationships. And, no, I am not bored; seldom shocked, but never jaded.