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AASECT Summer Institute: Revisiting 'Sex Addiction' (Part 8) with Dr. Susan Stiritz

We interview Dr. Susan Stiritz from the recent AASECT Summer Institute which was titled: Revisiting 'Sex Addiction': Transformative Ways to Address Out of Control Sexual Behavior. Susan co-directed this institue and this post concludes the series. As the only educator at this institute, Dr. Stiritz encourages sex educators to join the conversation and why this is critical. Throughout the interview, Susan discusses how we can take into consideration the artists point of view when thinking about this issue. She discusses how movies and films could help us better understand out of control sexual behavior and a little of AASECT's journey to the formal position statement rejecting "sex addiction" which was just put in place. It's wonderful to hear about this topic from a highly regarded sex educator.

Susan Stiritz is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, who has been teaching sexuality studies for the past twelve years at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interest, transformative sexuality education, springs from her work, as an antipoverty worker, manager of training and patient education for The St. Louis Family Planning Council, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty member. 

She conducts research on the hook-up culture, noting the difference sex-positive, gender-neutral sexuality education makes. Currently, Susan is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Sexuality Studies at the Brown School. She presents workshops and conference papers at AASECT, SSSS, the National Women's Studies Association, and Law and Society.