Posts by melanie

When I speak to people with cancer, I listen to their sexuality concerns, ask what kind of help they seek, and offer several solutions with which they can experiment. After reading an article in the LA Times by Susan Silk and Barry Goldman (April 7, 2013), I have another tool to offer them. Silk, a clinical psychologist, developed a model she refers to as the Ring Theory that illustrates communication boundaries that can be useful to...

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When I was a kid, I was in Camp Fire and spent many happy years learning skills in camping, outdoor cooking, knot tying, crafts, and group projects.  Two of my now-adult daughters were in  Girl Scouts for a few years, while their older sister enjoyed Model United Nations throughout high school and college. No one asked about their sexual orientation, and we never inquired about their adult leaders’ sexual orientation. These...

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Join a discussion on gynecological cancer and sexuality from 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2013 in the Brady Shinn Board Room (Level B) of Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ. Admission is free; all women are welcome. I’ll be presenting with Yana Goldberg, MD, Radiation Oncologist, and Nana Tchabo, MD, Gynecological Oncologist.  They will discuss the medical effects of cancer on the body and on sexuality. I will discuss...

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In early December, I was honored to participate in the first Summit on Medical Education in Sexual Health, which brought together experts in medical education, sexual health, and sexuality education to address physicians’ inability to adequately provide sexual healthcare and education to patients. The two-day event  included a work session during which participants developed guidelines for Medical School Education in Sexual...

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From Jan. 1 to Feb. 14, 2013, sexuality educator Reid Mahalko will offer daily 10-minute video lessons on improving your relationships. Check out one of his free sample videos. If you want the series promo, listen to the whole thing. Otherwise, for a truly excellent analogy for the importance of sexual mindfulness, start the video clip at 2:24.

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Adults know babies aren’t delivered by storks, but children believe all sorts of equally silly stories unless given accurate information. A lovely new book by Cory Silverberg ensures that kids learn the truth about how babies come into being — all sorts of babies. What Makes a Baby is a delightfully illustrated book that covers biological conception by male-female couples, conception by same-sex couples and singles, and...

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I read a sex advice column today that mentions the G spot, A spot, U spot and C spot — all on the female body. Seriously, can we get away from this trend of making up names? The U spot is the opening to the urethra (yes, some men and women like it stimulated); the C spot is the clitoris; the G spot  is an internal pleasure zone for  some but not all women; and the A spot isn’t the anus — it’s a nerve-dense area...

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I’m Advocate of the Year!


Posted By on Aug 13, 2012

I am very pleased to announced that I was named 2012 Advocate of the Year by Fantasia Home Parties.  The award was presented to me by President and Founder Rina Valen during the company’s annual convention and training in Philadelphia, PA. The award notes that it was given “For her support, education and empowerment through her contributions to our staff, our sales force, and women across the USA.” Each year, I conduct an...

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