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Fancy a night with sex queen

Bettina Arndt has plenty of tales to tell.
Bettina Arndt has plenty of tales to tell. CONTRIBUTED

FANCY an evening all about sex? Well, that's exactly what is on offer when renowned sex therapist Bettina Arndt visits the Sunshine Coast to discuss the raunchy subject.

As one of Australia's first sexologists with a career spanning about 30 years, Ms Arndt is famous for her research, advice and social commentary on sex.

From erections to orgasms, pornography to sexual desires, Ms Arndt believes nothing should be taboo when it comes to speaking about what goes on between the sheets.

"People have always told me their most personal secrets. And I love it. My slogan is: 'Never too much information'," she said.

The sex guru recalled highlights of her career including her work in the '70s when she was known as the person just about everyone turned to to talk about sex.

"I remember a call from a nurse at Sydney's North Shore Hospital telling me she had a ward filled with young men with spinal chord injuries wondering it they would get an erection ever again," she said. "No one would talk to them about it. It was great to be able to find information to help them."

That desire to help people led to a career and fascination in sex education. "When I was training to be a clinical psychologist, one of my teachers happened to be interested in treating sex problems, hence doctors everywhere referred these problems to our clinic," she said.

"I thought it was a great area to work in because it was so easy to help people.

"All many wanted was basic information and someone to talk to."

After writing two books and years of research, Ms Arndt has most likely heard it all and has been asked to solve some odd problems.

"Back in the days I edited Forum, I received a letter from an English immigrant who had a mackintosh raincoat fetish and was very unhappy because our sunny weather meant he never got to see women dressed in what for him were the sexiest of all outfits," she said.

"When I first started working in this area, there used to be a lot of questions about orgasms, but women are now better at enjoying themselves in bed."

She said some of the most common sex problems today were mismatched desire (where one person wants sex more than the other) and erection problems.

"One in two men over 50 has erection problems which is why my new book, What Men Want, has five chapters on erections," she said. "Today's man is lucky to live in the age of Viagra with many good treatments now available, but many men don't know enough about what's available to help them."

Ms Arndt said the Coast audience could expect "a good time" at the Sunshine Coast Function Centre on June 8.

"Sex is such a funny area of our lives and I have a wonderful collection of hilarious stories and intriguing anecdotes," she said.

"So it will be a fun night out but also I imagine I might just teach people a few things as well."

An evening with Bettina Arndt

Where: Sunshine Coast Function Centre, 19 West St, Caloundra

When: Friday, June 8, 7-10pm

Cost: $65 + $3 transaction fee

Visit: caloundrarsl.com.au

Phone: 5438 5800

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