By ASHLEE KIVELL
She came, she saw, she talked about sex.
Sex expert and registered nurse Sue Johanson shook-up After Hours at the Niagara College, Welland campus Feb. 9. Students and staff packed into the pub like sardines, all wanting to hear what Johanson had to say about sex and answer their anticipated questions. Some attended because they were longtime fans of her hit TV show, Talk Sex With Sue Johanson, anad others came out of curiosity.
The crowd cheered and clapped with fervor as the surprisingly petite woman entered the room and climbed the steps to the stage. Johanson worked the crowd, getting them pumped up before beginning her seminar on sex and sexuality.
Johanson began her show with a throwback to one’s first moments on earth and discussed the discovery of masturbation. She tackled the topic of male versus female sexuality and how the two are often diversely presented.
Through many different scenarios and gestures, the Order of Canada recipient went on to discuss tampons, female genitalia, ejaculation and “bum sex,” much to the crowd’s amusement and awe. The stream of laughter was constant as was the lax level of comfort in the room.
When asked if she planned to retire any time soon, Johanson answered, “Not if I can help it!”
Though Johanson has worked many years as a sexual health nurse, a television show host and traveling speaker, she has no plans to slow down.
“I love the media, I love television and I love radio,” says Johanson, who hopes have her own radio show one day. “Unfortunately they don’t spare for any new shows,” she says, though she has not explored XM or Sirius Satellite Radio.
Johanson says she will continue to work in the sexual health field and speak at secondary and post-secondary schools because “nobody else is doing it” and she is a self-professed “ham.”
Although she enjoys her job, she admits that certain facets of her life do get tiresome, including dealing with airport security while carrying her “little bag of toys.”
“I love working with kids. The only thing I’m missing is running a clinic,” she says.
In the late 1970s, Johanson ran a free birth control clinic in Toronto, Ont., which saw about 45 teens each night.
After sorting through question boxes, which had been placed around the college in preparation of her appearance, Johanson divulges about 10 per cent of the questions had to do with anal sex. Many of those questions were from males who had been asked to perform anal sex by their girlfriends. This concerns Johanson because anal sex can be risky if one does not know what one is doing, citing the high risk of infection, tearing, fistulas and fissures.
“Every sexually transmitted disease can be transmitted to the rectum,” she warns.
On her site, Johanson devotes a whole section to anal sex including the risks and preparations that go along with the once-taboo act.
As a registered nurse, Johanson is knowledgeable about many different methods of birth control including the newest method, the NuvaRing, which she praises. The NuvaRing, she explains, is inserted into the vagina and rests around the cervix. It is left inside for three weeks and controls menstruation much like the pill.
A new development in sexual health is the human papilloma virus vaccine. The vaccine guards against two strains of the virus that have been known to cause cervical cancer.
Johanson says she is not a fan of the vaccine because not enough is known about its effects and effectiveness.
Everything Johanson talks about in her seminars, including information on anatomy, oral sex and “safer sex,” can be found on her web site, www.talksexwithsue.com.