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DearSugar's Interview With Dr. Drew

The Doctor Is In: Love and Sex With Dr. Drew, Part I

I don't think I've ever shared with you my admiration for Dr. Drew Pinsky, but I've got to say, he's one of my favorite television personalities — and let's be honest, he's pretty sexy too! While he is a physician first, he's made his expertise available to the public via Loveline, Celebrity Rehab, and now Sober House. His approach to helping people is the perfect combination of compassion and tough love, and I was lucky enough to sit down and talk with him about his new project, Sex . . . With Mom and Dad, where Dr. Drew helps families in need of guidance when it comes to the "taboo topic of sex."

In this two-part interview, you'll get to hear his opinion on sex, addiction, relationships, and how the world of dating has changed over the years. Tune in tomorrow for part two.

Why is it so important to talk to kids about sex?

There are multiple reasons. One, it gives parents a chance to shape their behavior and to communicate their values. Number two is, it diminishes the secrecy in a family system, which is always a bad thing. And ultimately, my hope is it'll give parents a chance to help kids examine how deeply embedded sexuality is in their emotional lives, and I think most parents are kind of sensitive to that.

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Is it harder for you to talk to the kids or their parents about sex?

It's so different, it's pretty equal, they each have their own challenges. Sometimes it's the parents, when they're so rigid and resistant — I've got to say — sometimes it's the parents. Because the kids usually want to have the conversation, it's just awkward; they don't know how to initiate it, and we really help them break the ice.

What is the best piece of advice you received as a kid about sex?

I didn't receive any guidance or direction when I was a kid, and it was a very confusing time. After I became a physician, it became something I was attuned to. When I had an opportunity to do a radio show, the way I crafted the radio show was, I wished there was a place like that for me to go as a kid. Just having someplace to go with this is what I've always wanted to create for kids.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see the rest of my interview with Dr. Drew!


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emmebeth emmebeth 7 years
I love Dr. Drew!
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 7 years
I like this show as well. I think he's doing a good thing. Seriously though, not talking about it wont keep anyone from doing it. Being a parent doesn't mean there isn't still some growing up to do.
lou-rose lou-rose 7 years
Hey is way sexy!!! And he is super smart and helping so many people...kinda makes me want to check into PRC!!!
margokhal margokhal 7 years
"Sex...With Mom and Dad" is a really great show! Dr. Drew is awesome in general [I like Celebrity Rehab too]! My family wasn't on the "sex is evil" thing much, but because I was raised in a semi-strict Christian household, it's not something we talk about - usually nobody says anything in my extended family about sex unless the participants in the conversation are all married. The extent of my sex talk was, "don't do it; if you get pregnant, don't even bother coming home" and a few books about puberty and what sex is like for women and men. They didn't lie to me, they just didn't tell me that much. I like to read, so books were pretty invaluable for information. I went to a health professions high school as well, so it's not like I was supersheltered and I don't know what's going on or how anything works...but we still don't talk about it in my family. EVER. I'd just better not be doing it, that's all they want to know. One day recently my dad walked in my room to talk to me while I was watching "Sex...With Mom and Dad". He asked me about the show, I told him about it, and how I thought Dr. Drew was trying to do something good. All he said was, "you shouldn't even be THINKING about that stuff. And you'd better not being doing any of it, either. It's not right, you're not married." And then he walked out. I'm 22 years old. *sigh* I understand where they're coming from, and I respect that. It's still hard. Thank goodness I had other outlets and resources to learn about sexuality from!
Muirnea Muirnea 7 years
He's so right about everything he said. Very interesting. My family is very secretive/shy too, so we never talk about anything, I don't think it's a very good idea to be like that. The most I ever heard about sex was to not do it, it's bad, coming from my mom.
mguy414 mguy414 7 years
When I first saw "Sex...with Mom and Dad" pop up on my TV, I was a little scared, but I watched an episode and it was very interesting. It is so sad how "taboo" of a subject sex is, and how many children are left in the dark because parents are too scared to talk about it, or fear that if they talk to their children about it, they will automatically want to have sex. Luckily, my parents were very open to me about discussing sex, I was more the embarassed one. Since I was almost 2 when my parents got married, my Mom never tried to "scare" me and tell me that if I had sex I would get a disease and die, or something, she was just very honest and told me what was up. If my brother or sister or I had a question, she would happily answer it, no matter what. In fact, we were all out to dinner one night and she and my brother got to talking about something VERY descriptive (though not a personal experience), and when I looked up, no one was sitting at tables around us, they had all moved!
dm8bri dm8bri 7 years
One of my friends grew up with her single mom saying, "sex is bad/dirty/evil/unholy" and that was the extent of her talk on the subject. Now my friend has all sorts of issues with her sexuality. Thank you, Dr. Drew, for starting dialogue that desperately needs to happen.
princess_eab princess_eab 7 years
I love Dr Drew... he's so right about secrecy. My family is all about secrecy and shame and we have little to no emotional closeness because of it.
ladyr ladyr 7 years
Dr Drew is great! I think that his show Sex... With Mom and Dad is a great show for teens to watch, and parents too! Actually, it's probably good for anyone.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
Love the interviews... prob the best part about dear sugar!
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