150 Shows About Sex: Lessons Learned?

On March 12, 2012, I am hosting a big party to celebrate the 150th episode of In the Den with Dr. Jenn! We had our first video shoot in a tiny studio space in downtown San Diego in June 2006. Back then, I was sitting in a big red luv sac with a production staff of three men. With no teleprompter, I had notes scrawled on a white board next to the camera, and you can see my eyes darting back and forth. We had no idea what we were doing, but had a whole lot of fun doing it.
In reflecting on 150 shows about sex, I've learned that…

  • Sex is truly a blend of contradictions: fun and serious, pleasure and pain, reverent and irreverent, healing and escape. We can get stuck on one side of the equation, but I think there’s growth in opening to its complexity.
  • Maintaining a high standard of integrity around sex-positivity AND female sexual empowerment is sadly not the norm in the sex field.
  • I love being part of the San Diego sex community and having the opportunity to bring so many fascinating guests on my show, as well as shooting in front of a live studio audience. Public discourse around sex is so valuable!
  • Sexual energy is more powerful and sensitive than I realized. We all need to honor and respect this in women and men.
  • People are excited to be a part of something bigger than themselves. I've found that creating empowering, sex positive messages is a challenging yet important cause that calls to many.
  • You can never know everything about sex, but we cover a lot through Den Chats and Sexual Fun Facts.  Did you know that yoga can improve orgasms, practitioners of BDSM tend to have higher IQs, women who want to become pregnant should pay attention to their nutrition well before that point, the chakras of women and men open in opposite directions in sexual situations, masturbation is still one of our most taboo topics, and college female gymnasts may serve as masturbatory fodder for male students? These were all new to me!
Here are a few Fun Facts about the show:
  • My favorite Sexual Fun Fact is from Session #26. Question: What have zookeepers in China used to assist pandas in reproduction? Answer: Panda porn! They have played videos of other pandas having sex.
  • The sex terminology most repeated (to me) from an episode is “anal bleaching,” from Session #20.
  • The episode with the most hits on YouTube is Anal Sex: Advice from a Gay Man to Straight Women. (Session #119). Hmm…I think there’s a lot more conversation to be had around this one!
I could go on and on, because creating this show was such an incredible experience. However, I will leave you with two other links:
Session #150: Gynecologist Speaks: How to Improve Women's Libido (with Dr. Diana Hoppe)
Session #1, where it all started!

And please join the party on Monday, March 12, if you're in the San Diego area!

~Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, San Diego, CA -- Sex Therapist, Marriage Counselor, Sexologist, College Sexual Health Speaker

Big San Diego Party! Come celebrate 150 Episodes of In the Den with Dr. Jenn

"In the Den with Dr. Jenn" is a professionally-produced video series exploring sex, intimacy, relationships, holistic health, communication, and sensuality. Myself, along with the production team, are having a big party to celebrate all the hard work we've put into this labor of love. All are welcome!

Monday, March 12, 2012, 7pm - 11pm

Tango Del Rey Palace, 3567 Del Rey Street, San Diego, 92109

Free (food & drink available for purchase)

Lots of fun stuff happening at the party:

  • Meet many of the guests from my show (experts on sexology, sex education, relationships, healthy sexuality, alternative health, media, eroticism, and more!).
  • Free raffle prizes throughout the night.
  • Area with lots of wearable props for fun photo opportunities.
  • Episodes playing on a large screen.
  • Music for dancing AND a salsa performance.
  • "Dr. Jenn's Den" drink specials.

Parking: There is a small parking lot, a garage, and street parking - all free parking.

~Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, San Diego, CA -- Sex Therapist, Marriage Counselor, Sexologist, College Sexual Health Speaker

December Video Podcast Shoot about Women's Libido, Asexuality, Doulas, & Grumpy Husbands

This past Saturday was our December video podcast shoot for In the Den with Dr. Jenn. Guests included Mara and John Hoover, authors of "My Grumpy Husband," Rosie Peterson who is a local San Diego birth doula, and Dr. Diana Hoppe, an OBGYN assisting women in reviving their libidos. Since the last episode of the evening was #150, we celebrated with the live audience and a champagne toast! I can't believe we've shot 150 shows - I'm very proud of that :)

~Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, San Diego, CA -- Sex Therapy, Marriage Counseling, and College Sexual Health Speaker

Sex for New Moms, Safer Sex for Baby Boomers, & Twilight Saga...all in the Den

"I learned so much tonight!" exclaimed one of our our live studio audience members. Not only does our studio audience provide great energy and lively interaction for our video podcasts, they receive a mini-lecture on a variety of topics around sex. After I say, "Cut!" at the end of each interview, we open the topic up to the audience for questions and comments, to pick the brain of our guest.

This month's shoot included interviews with Rose Hartzell, PhD, a sex therapist and researcher at San Diego Sexual Medicine, who spoke about the need for safer sex for baby boomer women. Cathy Nguyen, the "SEXucator," discussed how to keep the sex life alive after having kids. And Natalie Wilson, PhD, of Cal State San Marcos, was in our Halloween episode, sharing about being "seduced by Twilight," and how the Twilight Saga portrays sexuality, gender, and sexual health.

San Diego Sex Talk Show - Video Podcast Shoot for In the Den with Dr. Jenn

This past Saturday night we had our monthly In the Den with Dr. Jenn video podcast shoot, at the Box Line Box studio in downtown San Diego. Enjoy the photos of our backstage fun, from the guests who I interviewed (on great topics like tantra, women and kink, and media and sexual health), and the audience who cheered them on. It was a HOT night in the studio, with the August weather AND the topics of conversation :)

Special AASECT Video Podcast Shoot in San Diego

Come behind the scenes in a video production studio during a talk show about sex! Be in the audience and cheer on other folks in the sex field.

Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, AASECT presenter and San Diego local, will be interviewing several AASECT members during this special video shoot, including Mark Schoen, Tammy Nelson, Neil Cannon, and Katherine Forsythe.

Friday, April 29, 2011
7:00pm – 8:30pm (it’s important to be prompt for shooting purposes)
Downtown San Diego (about 15 blocks from the hotel)
Complimentary snacks & wine!

Please call or text and let Dr. Jenn know you’ll be attending. You will then receive a message back with the address! 858-880-5944

(This is for AASECT only, who are attending the annual AASECT conference in San Diego, 2011.)

Jennifer Gunsaullus, Ph.D.

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