Few like working the night shift for years on end, even someone 77 whose job entails licking dildos. So one could understand why sex educator Sue Johanson, to the disappointment of all those viewers who like their sex advice clear and enthusiastic, wrapped up her call-in show on the Oxygen channel this month. Even though her popular show was at the top of the midnight ratings, the late-night slot was getting to be a drag on Johanson’s life.
The real question is why Oxygen ghettoized such a successful live show in the midnight slot and why they didn’t move it to an earlier hour. Apparently the TV bosses (in contrast to Johanson herself) believe that sex is best conducted in the dark when no one is watching.
After her 1996 Canadian talk show was a huge success, Oxygen started this USA version in 2002. Johanson is not retiring: she’ll probably move to radio and she still maintains her own website. I found most of her advice there – from Anatomy to Yeast Infection (with Anal/Bum Sex and Jelqing/Stretching the Penis – in between) lively and accurate. But strangely enough, like Dr. Ruth (80), another older sex education personality, Johanson’s views about Senior Sex are a bit too tame for my taste:
"Sexual activity changes. The urge to have wild, pounding intercourse fades. You settle into nice, comfortable manual stimulation and oral sex or vibrator use. Males and females may not feel the driving need for orgasm - if it happens, great. But if there is no orgasm, the body contact, the warmth and intimacy all make for a great sexual relationship."
I can’t argue with manual, oral or vibrating stimulation, but I guess it’s the “nice, comfortable…” picture that doesn’t really reflect the style of a number of untamed seniors I’ve interviewed.
Here’s a compilation clip that gives you a sense of the Talk Sex show, in case you haven’t seen it: