Susan Marilyn Block, Ph.D. is founder and director of the Dr. Susan Block Institute for the Erotic Arts & Sciences. A world-renowned sexologist and best-selling author, her latest book, The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace through Pleasure, has garnered critical acclaim from a variety of media outlets and celebrities, from politicians to porn stars, with over 40 five-star Amazon reviews. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University “with distinction” in Theater Studies, she received her master’s and doctorate in psychology from California Miramar University and an honorary doctorate from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
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, which 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, including The Doctors, Oprah, MTV, Nightline, Today, NY Post Video, MEL and many more. 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” by her fans. Talking about all aspects of sex, relationships, politics and culture, she interviews a wide variety of guests, from professors to porn stars, authors to icons, broadcasting live every Saturday night from her “Womb Room” studio in “Bonoboville” (both a real place in West LA and a social media site).
One of the top contributors to the Wiley-Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, Dr. Block has written definitive articles on cuckolding, fetish, spanking, phone sex and striptease. She also wrote the foreword for the acclaimed collection, Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love. 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 co-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 and is now in its third English-language printing. She is quoted in The Bonobo & the Atheist by Dr. Frans de Waal, and she is a contributor to to The Live Art Almanac Volume 4 for her Eulogy for Frank Moore, Serpents in the Garden: Liaisons with Culture and Sex, an anthology by Counterpunch, for which she has contributed many articles over the last decade and a half.
Dr. Block has presented the Bonobo Way in the form of talks and seminars at various symposia and university settings, locally and abroad. At the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, she delivered the keynote address to the world’s first Ecosexuality Symposium at an academic institution. At UC Berkeley, she presented The Bonobo Way of Nonmonogamy at the 5th Conference on Monogamy & Nonmonogamy. She gave a talk on the Bonobo Way of Inclusivity at AASECT, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists. She presented The Bonobo Way of FemDom Power at DomCon LA 2016; and she was invited back as a “Guest of Honor” to deliver “FemDoms of the Wild: The Bonobo Way of Female Empowerment” at DomCon 2017. Dr. Block has been a visiting lecturer in the Human Sexuality Department at the University of Southern California (USC) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as at her alma mater Yale University for Sex Week at Yale and other events for a couple of decades. Always a fascinating speaker on multiple subjects related to sexuality, she has addressed a variety of groups from YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) to LSO (Lifestyles Organization) on sex, love, pleasure, relationships, feminism, culture and the Bonobo Way. On September 23rd, 2017, she will present The Bonobo Way of Great Sex at AdultCon.
Married over 25 years, Dr. Block collaborates with her husband and “prime mate,” Pr. Maximillian R. Lobkowicz, 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), on all her projects. Pr. Lobkowicz’s 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, aka Bonoboville, an 8,000 square-foot facility in West LA that contains radio, television and Internet broadcast and recording studios, Dr. Susan Block Institute offices, “Dr. Suzy’s Speakeasy” bar, the Garden of Bonoboville and the Bonoboville Gallery of Erotic Art.
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 unorthodox 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, guests, artists, staff and others 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 West LA campus, she and her staff of therapists, artists and technologists produce sex-educational and entertainment media and provide therapy to an international clientele from nearly every country on the planet.
“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.”
“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, dubbed “the Erin Brockovich of the Bonobo” by Salon and “an ecosexual visionary” by Dr. Annie Sprinkle, Dr. Block is a renowned 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 Block Bonobo Foundation, her Bonoboville community site, and her acclaimed manifesto The Bonobo Way are pillars of revolutionary advocacy.
Her sex educational film Dr. Suzy’s Squirt Salons, an instructional video bringing the mysteries of female ejaculation into the grateful grasp of thousands, was featured in the Cinekink and Barcelona Erotic Film Festivals, 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.
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) and 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), and are touted as “among the most readable to come out of LA” by Steve Mikulan in The LA Weekly.
But she’ll never quit her day job as a sex therapist in private practice, serving clients all over the globe, from Southern California to Saudi Arabia. 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). Everything is private, discreet and absolutely confidential. As a private client, you will receive Dr. Block’s total undivided attention, and you can talk with her about absolutely anything. For some topic ideas, see What Can We Talk About?
“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.”
For more information or to speak with Dr. Block personally, please call 310-568-0066.