Can’t wait to spend the evening with Dr. Ruth on April 1? We can’t either. Luckily, we sat down with the renowned sex therapist, author and media personality for an insider’s look into her history, her advice for today’s women, and a few of her favorite things to do in Boston.
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If you could offer one piece of advice about life to women – outside of sex and relationships – what would it be?
My advice would be that every woman should choose what she would like to do with her life – but then have the courage to switch to another career path if the first one isn’t giving her the challenges and gratification she would like.
Women have to be like turtles, who stick their neck out to take a risk, and try something new in order to advance. (By the way, I’m coming out with a children’s book about turtles later this year…)
What’s the most meaningful Jewish experience you’ve had recently?
My most recent meaningful Jewish experience is coming up. I’ll be conducting the Hazamir youth choir at Avery Fisher Hall with Zadik Katomer, a melody that comes from my childhood in Germany. Whenever I hear that melody, I feel my hand in that of my dear father, whom I lost to the Holocaust at the age of ten.
What would you say to your 30-year-old self, if you could have a conversation with her now?
I would tell my 30-year-old self to continue doing exactly what you’re doing, and to never think about retiring as long as what you do brings you satisfaction and is helpful to the world.
How did your training as a sniper/your military service influence your eventual career path?
My training as a sniper had nothing to do with the other... except that I have a talent of knowing what’s important at a particular time in history. In 1948, it was important to be part of the Haganah, the forerunner of the IDF, and to help create the state of Israel. In 1981, I knew it was important to speak openly, even on radio and television, about issues of sexuality. And I was fortunate that I was on the air when AIDS became known, so I could use some of my influence to warn people to protect themselves from that awful disease, and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Maybe my ability to focus attention on a target helped me during my entire career.
We know you’re a New Yorker, but what’s your favorite thing to do in Boston?
My favorite thing to do in Boston are the Duck Tours, the bus that goes into the water! And to attend lectures at Harvard, and visit the wonderful Boston museums.