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'When I Talk About Sex, People Come': A Playboy Conversation with Dr. Ruth Westheimer

‘When I Talk About Sex, People Come’: A Playboy Conversation with Dr. Ruth Westheimer

The accent is unmistakable. When it rings through the penthouse of the California Market Center in downtown L.A., ricocheting off booths selling dildos, lube, strap-ons and fetish toys, it’s all but impossible not to know who is speaking. “Vimen,” she says, “do not get used to ze vibrations of a vibrator. Because no penis can ever doop-lee-cayt ze vibrator. End wees your finger during masturbation!” The 88-year-old woman delivering this admonishment stands no more than five feet tall. Her hair is crisply coifed, her shoulders are covered with a sensible cardigan and she dispenses her sex advice with a don’t-take-all-this-so-seriously lilt. She is, of course, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, radio and television star and sexual health expert. Westheimer is here on this February afternoon to deliver the keynote address at the Sexual Health Expo, and will shortly be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in her field by organizers of the event. Westheimer began…

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