Dr. Ruth Is Updating Her Sex for Dummies Book for Millennial Readers

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Matthew Peyton, Getty Images for East Hampton Library

It’s been a while since many of us received a formal sex education in school, so it's OK if you've forgotten exactly how birth control works or what the ovaries do. Now, sex therapist and media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer is rewriting her Sex for Dummies handbook for a new generation, according to Variety.

Better known as Dr. Ruth (she has a master’s degree in sociology as well as a doctorate in education), the 90-year-old’s rise to stardom started in 1980 when she launched her first radio program, Sexually Speaking, at a time when such subjects were still considered somewhat taboo.

Nearly 40 years later, Dr. Ruth is turning her attention to an old classic to speak directly to Millennials. This will be the fourth edition of Sex for Dummies, which was originally published in 1995, and the updated version will be released sometime this year.

Although her views on sex and relationships have been ahead of the curve in many ways, Dr. Ruth is still traditional in other areas. She doesn’t believe in one-night stands—not because she thinks they're immoral, but because they can lead to loneliness and other problems. She also tells Vanity Fair that she worries about the influence of technology on Millennials’ ability to communicate and have genuine relationships. The updated version of her book will address all of these concerns and more.

“I will talk about loneliness, I will talk about the issue of the art of conversation, the issue of sexually transmitted diseases, all of those issues,” Dr. Ruth tells Variety.

This announcement comes ahead of a new Hulu documentary about the life and work of Dr. Ruth, a German-born Holocaust survivor who moved to a children’s home in Switzerland at age 10, moved to Israel at 17 and joined the Jewish freedom fighters, and ultimately emigrated to the U.S. in 1956. A trailer for the documentary, called Ask Dr. Ruth, says it will be “coming soon,” but the specific release date hasn’t been announced yet. Check out the trailer in the video below.

[h/t Variety]

Can You Guess the Book by the Subtitle?

Letters From James Bond Creator Ian Fleming Detailing His Infidelity Hit the Auction Block

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If the adage “write what you know” truly applies, then James Bond author Ian Fleming took it to heart. Like 007, his famously womanizing character who later went on to star in a hugely successful movie franchise, Fleming was apparently prone to finding himself in choppy relationship waters, according to a collection of private letters coming up for auction.

Sotheby’s is offering a collection of 160 pieces of correspondence belonging to Fleming, including a series of exchanges between the writer and his wife, Ann, that detail his infidelity.

“You mention ‘bad old bachelor days’—the only person you stopped sleeping with when they ceased was me!” Ann wrote, apparently referencing Fleming’s indiscretions. Other letters seem to hint at a more stable, if lurid, coupling, with Fleming affectionately referring to her as “darling baby” and opening his messages by addressing her as “Dear Monkey” or “Darling Pig.”

Before they married, Ann expressed hope Fleming would arrive to take her away from her then-husband, Esmond, Viscount Rothermere, and “put me in your bed with a raw cowhide whip in my hand so as I can keep you well behaved for 40 years.” Clearly, that plan didn't succeed.

Fleming and Ann were married in 1952 and remained together until his death in 1964. The letters were often exchanged while the writer was on retreat at Goldeneye, Jamaica, where he wrote many of his Bond novels. The letters also frequently reference his work and some of Bond’s origins. In one, he explains work is going so well he’s completing a chapter a day. Describing a boat given to him by a friend, he wrote that “I have christened [it] Octopussy.”

The salacious letters will be auctioned from December 3 to 10 and are expected to fetch between about $260,000 and $400,000.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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