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Open Mind, Credible Sources Are Keys to Better Sex Life, Experts Say

February 13, 2006 | New York, NY

A better sex life can be yours if you find credible sources of information and keep an open mind, according to experts who attended the Sinclair Institute's "Better Sex in the City" event on February 9th. The panel of sex educators, therapists and researchers also noted the need for parents to speak with their children at an early age about sex education.

Nearly 100 people packed the Museum of Sex's main gallery to hear the latest on sexual education and celebrate the release of the all-new Better Sex Video Series: Sexplorations. The three-volume video program from the Sinclair Institute is an explicit sexual education guide for adults, which covers everything from sexual anatomy to fantasy role-play. The Better Sex Video Series was developed with the help of experts to ensure its information is accurate.

But remember, the panelists said, there is no one right way to use accurate sexual information. However you enjoy sex is okay, said Beverly Whipple, co-author of the international best-seller 'The G-Spot and Other Discoveries about Human Sexuality.' Once you are aware of your own values, they can help guide your choices.

The same method should be applied to how you approach sexual education with your children, the experts said. Give them honest answers to their questions and teach them to develop their own sexual identity. "You should start [sexual education] in utero," said Herb Samuels, a sexologist and human sexuality professor specializing in the study of African American sexuality. Mark Schoen, the panel moderator and the Institute's director of sex education, said parents need to use the correct terms for all body parts. "You don't tell them they have see-sees or hear-hears," he said. "By using the words penis and vulva, you're giving the message that this is an acceptable subject to talk about."

The other panelists were human sexuality professor and clinical psychologist Lori Buckley, former World Association of Sexual Health President Eli Coleman and couples sexual health expert Michael Metz, author of 'Coping with Premature Ejaculation.' Following the panel discussion, party attendees got the opportunity to view the new Better Sex Video Series, talk with couples who were in the video series and explore the museum's collections -- which include sex art, machines, historical films and other exhibits.

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