Sex, sex-related props and an anonymous question-and-answer session are all on the agenda for Valentine’s Day evening at Jesse Hall, where Canada’s top sex educator will give a talk designed to both enlighten and enrapture.
Sue Johanson, of the nationally syndicated television show “Talk Sex with Sue Johanson,” which appears on the Oxygen network, is known for injecting riotous wit into her educational repertoire.
“She is witty, but very blunt, which could be interpreted as humorous by her audience,” said Sarah Powers via e-mail. Powers is speakers committee chair for the Department of Student Activities, one of the organizations responsible for booking Johanson.
The Thursday presentation will feature both Johanson and Marty Klein, a California-based sex therapist.
One MU student said he planned on attending the talk because of its novelty factor. Moe Alabdulla, 21, is a native of Saudi Arabia and unable to hear candid and public discussions about sex in his home country.
“It’s not common in Saudi Arabia at all,” he said of such events. “That’s why I am going. I think it’s going to be an interesting show.”
Previous knowledge of Johanson’s show is part of what’s drawing MU medical school senior research technician Paul Kimball to the event.
“I had seen bits and pieces of her show on TV and I think it will be entertaining,” he said. “It’s humorous to see an old lady talk about that subject so matter-of-factly.”
Tickets to Johanson’s talk sold out last Friday. There are currently no plans to broadcast the event elsewhere, Powers said.