Jill Dictrow isn’t opposed to teenagers pleasuring themselves to XXX movies.
The marriage and family therapist — and outspoken host of TLC’s new series SEX IN PUBLIC — also advocates opening a dialogue about intimate relations by the time children turn 14.
“As soon as a kid becomes a teenager, everything is on the table,” she tells TheTVPage.com.
“Should you be having sex when you are a teen? That is questionable.”
“Should you be talking about sex? Yeah. Should you be knowing about sex? Yeah. Should you watch porn? I guess. If a kid wants to masturbate and watch sex, all the more power (to him).”
“[But] I think as soon as you start having intercourse and the chances are high that the girl can get pregnant, you are definitely taking on a huge responsibility. I am not pro teen pregnancy.”
On SEX IN PUBLIC, Dictrow goes undercover with a hidden camera to open conversations about sex and intimacy with complete strangers.
“I am basically being the Yenta that I am,” she jokes.
“I am asking the same questions that I was when I was ten years old: ’So, what did you do with him? Did you go to third base?’ But now I am getting paid for it.”
Dictrow’s questions — and the answers they reveal — provide a form of therapy for many of the individuals featured on the show.
“I am giving out free advice because the ones who need the most help never come into my office,” she says in the promo above.
Dictrow believes there is simply not enough love making going on in the world today.
“I think that people are scared of being intimate,” she says.
“I think people fear getting hurt. I think there have been so many people in their lives who have not had a true orgasm and don’t know what it is like.”
“I think people have sex way too early and they don’t have a good experience and they get totally turned off. They have no clue how wonderful sex really is.”
Here’s more of what Dictrow told me when we spoke earlier this week.
Who gave you the sex talk when you were younger?
Friends. My parents weren’t that open. to be honest. I think I was in third grade I remember coming home and saying to my mother, “What is a blowjob?” And my mother says, “I have no idea, go ask your father.”
Did you listen to Dr. Ruth (Westheimer) growing up?
I loved Dr. Ruth! We don’t have a Dr. Ruth now. She was everything. She was so open about the vagina and the penis. And it was her accent that made it so great. She was so aware that it was okay to be open about it.
The title of your show is just a bit misleading.
Of course! If we put in the word ‘therapy’ it would be ‘Sex Therapy In Public.’ It wouldn’t be as effective. It wouldn’t be as sexy. It wouldn’t be the worm on the stick to throw in to get the fish. But then again, it is a playful way that I really approached a lot of people that I got to know. Truthfully there was not one person that wouldn’t sign the release.
Would you suggest having sex in public a way to spice up a relationship?
As long as you don’t get arrested. [laughs] If that is something that might keep your relationship hot, would I suggest it? I don’t know. Whatever turns you on? I think that if somebody wants to get out of their routine… why not? I think unplanned sex, frankly, is a lot better than planned sex.
Have you ever had sex in public?
Yes I have. I am part of the mile high club. That is in public. And I have done it in the vicinity of (public) places on the ground.
SEX IN PUBLIC PREMIERES OCTOBER 2 ON TLC.
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