Susan Marilyn Block, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Dr. Susan Block Institute for the Erotic Arts & Sciences. A world-renowned sexologist and best-selling author whose newest book, The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace through Pleasure,, is garnering great critical acclaim, Dr. Block is perhaps best known for her popular HBO specials. A magna cum laude graduate with distinction from Yale University, she received her doctorate in philosophy with a major in psychology from California Miramar University, as well as an honorary doctorate of the arts from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. One of the top contributors to the new Wiley-Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, having written articles on the subjects of cuckolding, fetish, spanking, phone sex and striptease, she also wrote the foreword for the recently released collection, Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.
Many of her fans know “Dr. Suzy” from her #1 Nielsen-rated HBO specials, Radio Sex TV with Dr. Susan Block, as well as her popular, often rerun episodes of the classic HBO series Real Sex and Cathouse, have made her a familiar face on HBO’s late-night programming. She has made numerous guest appearances on many other radio and TV shows, from Oprah to MTV, from Nightline to Today. Every Saturday night, she hosts The Dr. Susan Block Show, called the “‘Best of LA’s Phone-In Shows” by The LA Weekly and “the greatest sexuality show on earth,” as well as the longest-running and most diverse, featuring all kinds of guests, from professors to porn stars, authors to icons, broadcasting live 10:30 PM until midnight PST, from the “Womb Room” studio/lounge in a place she calls “Bonoboville.”
“Dr. Block is one of the nation’s leading sexologists, and a very bright and funny woman to boot,” writes Robert Scheer in The LA Times. Penthouse calls her a “genius when it comes to sexual matters.”
Married over 23 years, Dr. Block collaborates on all her projects with her husband and prime mate, pre-Internet “reader-written”publishing pioneer (including The LA Star, Love Magazine, Hate, Finger, God (or “G”), Meetings with Remarkable People, The Brentwood Bla Bla and Beverly Hills, The Magazine), Pr. Maximillian R. Lobkowicz. His First Amendment work has been instrumental in turning over the magazine rack and criminal liable statutes in California. Together, Block and Lobkowicz operate Block Studios, an 8,000 square-foot facility in West LA that contains radio, television and Internet broadcast and recording studios, as well as “Dr. Suzy’s Speakeasy” and the Speakeasy Gallery of Erotic Art.
But she’ll never quit her day job as a sex therapist in private practice, serving clients the world over.
A professional member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS, Dr. Block utilizes both conventional and very unconventional methods of therapy in her practice. She takes a three-pronged approach to most treatment, involving 1) Analysis, 2) Technique and 3) Adventure. Based upon her work with clients, artists and others at the Institute over the past two decades, Dr. Block has developed the “erotic theater therapy” system, practiced both in her brick and mortar studio and via the telephone, webcam and other private communications media. From her campus of operations in West LA, she and her faculty produce sex educational and entertainment media and art, as well as provide therapy to an international clientele from nearly every country on the planet.
“Dr. Block’s cult status is enormous,” writes Lucy Broadbent in Cosmopolitan. “I love The Dr. Susan Block Show,” writes Thomas S. Roche in Eros-Zine. “Block’s shows are a saucy mélange of education and titillation, featuring not only what you might expect from a Sex Doctor — sex advice. anatomical information, educational content — but some things you might not — a history lesson here, a masturbation session there, and plenty of porn stars frolicking amid Block’s own brand of political discussion and spiritual celebration. I had the pleasure to enjoy two episodes of this excellent show, and it’s safe to say that neither one is quite like anything I’d ever seen before…Block’s enthusiasm for her topic is beyond infectious, and it’s almost impossible to watch the show without enjoying her celebratory attitude.”
“Dr. Suzy is no ordinary doc,” writes Dr. Carol Queen in Spectator, “I was struck by the combination of cool aplomb and sexy compassion with which she handles her callers… Unlike the great majority of degreed professionals who know something about sex, she refuses to de-eroticize herself to get respect. She refuses to follow in the footsteps of the likes of the unfuckable Dr. Ruth, and this may not get her invited to some conferences, but she knows where her real respect comes from–her listeners and viewers, many of whom call her over and over and whose stories, problems and sexual fantasies she knows so well.”
Chosen as one of “America’s Greatest Thinkers” (twice) by the Great American Think-Off, praised for her “prescient financial advice” by the Wall Street Journal, and dubbed “the Erin Brockovich of the Bonobo” by Salon and “an ecosexual visionary” by Dr. Annie Sprinkle, Dr. Block is an active advocate of the highly endangered bonobo chimpanzees, using their very sexual, non-violent and gender-egalitarian “lifestyle” as inspiration for her philosophy of “ethical hedonism,” her system of “Bonobo Liberation Therapy,” her educational foundation, her Bonoboville community site, and her acclaimed manifesto The Bonobo Way.
Her first book, Advertising for Love (Morrow), a popularization of her master’s thesis, forecast the current online dating explosion. Her second book, Being a Woman (Random House) which she wrote with pioneer radio psychologist Dr. Toni Grant, became a NY Times bestseller. Her third book, The 10 Commandments of Pleasure (St. Martin’s), has been published in 15 countries (now in its third English-language printing). Her sex educational film Dr. Suzy’s Squirt Salons (an instructional film bringing the mysteries of female ejaculation into the grateful grasp of thousands) was featured in the Barcelona Erotic Film Festival as well as the Cinekink Film Festival, and her music video Blonde Island: Funk Me was in the LA Erotica Film Festival. She is currently co-producing Speakeasy, a documentary about her institute, with award-winning filmmaker Canaan Brumley (Ears Open, Eyeballs Click), San Diego Filmmaker of the Year and First Prize winner at the Marseille Film Festival. Dr. Block is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (documentary division) and The LA Press Club.
Dr. Block has been a visiting lecturer in the Human Sexuality Department at the University of Southern California (USC), and at her alma mater Yale University, including Sex Week at Yale for a couple of decades. Always a fascinating speaker on multiple subjects related to sexuality, she has addressed a variety of groups from the YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) to the LSO (Lifestyles Organization) on sex, love, pleasure, relationships and the Bonobo Way. Her next talk on “The Bonobo Way: Can Better Sex Lead to World Peace?” will be on September 12, 2015 at CatalystCon 2015.
“Dr. Susan Block is America’s hottest sex therapist,” writes Jan Birks in Forum, “dispensing wisdom from her boudoir and taking the bonobo chimps as her model for the perfect sexual philosophy,”
She has also lent her expert knowledge of the human sexual condition to community service and the cause of justice, having served as a consultant to the LA Public Defenders’ Office (Sex Crimes Division) as well as private attorneys. Her columns on sex, health, politics and culture are published in various print and online magazines from Counterpunch to Perfect 10 (as well as appearing in her own online journal at Bloggamy.com), and are touted as “among the most readable to come out of LA” by Steve Mikulan in The LA Weekly.
But back to her primary daily focus: serving her telephone sex therapy clients all over the globe. And don’t worry, when you call her for telephone sex therapy, you are not on her show, nor are you being recorded in any way (unless you specifically request that we record you). Everything is absolutely private, completely discreet and confidential. Furthermore, as a private client, you will receive Dr. Block’s total focused attention, and you can talk with her about absolutely anything. For some topic ideas, see What Can We Talk About?
For more information or to speak with Dr. Block personally, please call 310-568-0066.