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Source: Carol Kennedy, carolk@ksu.edu
Note to editors: For pre-event interviews, contact Jay Friedman at 206-378-0938;
or Carol Kennedy at carol@k-state.edu for on-site interviews and more information.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2009

SEX EDUCATOR JAY FRIEDMAN TO SPEAK AT K-STATE

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Sexual Health Awareness Peer Educators and Lafene Health Center are sponsoring a lecture by Jay Friedman, an internationally known sex educator.

Friedman's lecture, "The J-Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All," will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. The lecture is free and the public is invited. It is co-sponsored by the K-State Association of Residence Halls, the Student Governing Association and K-State Healthy Decisions.

Friedman's lecture will be an entertaining and educational discussion about important and timely sexuality issues.

"Unfortunately, we live in a sex-negative, sex-repressed and sex-phobic society which has trouble talking about sex and which provides inadequate sex education," Friedman said. "My goal is to give a thought-provoking, conversation-creating and perhaps life-changing performance that breaks the taboos in talking about sex. If people can be more open, I'm sure we'd avoid the dangers that result from sexual ignorance, and instead enjoy healthy relationships and more pleasurable sexual lives."

Friedman said people have called him a sexual provocateur.

"My performance is at times personal, philosophical, political and prophetic. The storytelling, the cultural observations, the predictions -- they're all relevant to the students' lives, getting them to perk up, laugh a lot and also learn."

Friedman said the audience can expect to learn such things as the three conditions to meet before you're ready to have sex; the mysteriously missing sexual organ; cross-cultural comparisons between the U.S. and other countries on sexual matter; and the state of sex education in the U.S., including what life is like as a sex educator.

Friedman has been nominated multiple times as lecturer of the year by the National Association for Campus Activities. He is professionally certified as a sex educator by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. An award-winning writer featured in a number of national publications, he is a former disc jockey and host of a radio talk show on relationships. Based in Seattle, Friedman travels campus-to-campus to share his insights and outbursts on sex and relationships.