Culture, Race and Sex

September 30, 2016
Hosted by Jessica Ford, MA, M.S.W., LCSW

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When we think of our sexual voice, is it influenced by our race, culture or gender? Agustín Fuentes, a Professor of Anthropology at Notre Dame wrote, 'There is no neurological or physiological patterning that distinguishes races from one another. As for gender – our biology has extensive similarities as well. Our hormone systems function the same ways and with the same hormones. There are no 'male' or 'female' hormones, but there is important variation in hormone levels and patterns. Our brains are the same. There are no reliably and repeatedly demonstrated morphology brain differences between the sexes'. So, why do we see each other with such differences? Society controls and shapes our sexuality and our view on gender and race. With the creation of myths, fears and from a vantage point of privilege, society and culture determines how we think about ourselves and others. Join us for this discussion to change the lens on how we see each other and appreciate our shared sexuality.

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The Sexual Voice is a compassionate journey to discover a healthier, happier and more fruitful sexual self by utilizing the broad lens of sex therapy. The skills of master sex therapists, prominent authors, sex researchers and scholars guide you in this exploration to gain insights into your own unique sexual voice through curiosity, self-compassion and acceptance. Be empowered to filter out the voices of culture, society, religion and other influences and transcend to the authentic expression of your sexual self. Are you seeking to know more about your sexual needs? At times do you feel in conflict to the other voices in your life? If you struggle with finding the words to express your true feelings, this is the show to listen to. Connect with your authentic sexual self to understand and appreciate your own unique sexual needs and desire. Everyone has a sexual voice no matter gender or orientation.

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Jessica Ford, MA, M.S.W., LCSW

Jessica Ford is a licensed clinical social worker and AASECT certified sex therapist with a private practice in Oak Creek, WI where she provides relationship psychotherapy to individuals and couples who experience challenges in their relationships and issues with sexual dysfunctions. She holds a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a Master’s degree in clinical social work, family systems from the University of Chicago – School of Social Administration (SSA).

Her extensive post-graduate training in sex therapy and marriage/family therapy includes work with master couples and sex therapists, Esther Perel, Dr. Sue Johnson, Terry Real, and Dr. Gina Ogden. She completed the required teacher training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Oasis/University of Massachusetts Medical School for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

Her professional certifications and memberships include American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapist (AASECT), Society of Sex Therapist and Researcher (SSTAR), International Society of Sex Medicine (ISSM) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She was awarded Who’s Who in American for Mental Health 2009.

After living and working in Ontario Canada for 15 years she returned to Wisconsin in 2015. She is the proud mother of two grown children, five grandchildren and a great granddaughter. In her spare time she loves to sail on Lake Michigan and garden.

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