Ep. 62: “The Bonobo Way” with Dr. Susan Block

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Peace through pleasure!

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 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. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University “with distinction” in Theater Studies, Dr. Block, aka “Dr. Suzy,” 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.

In our conversation, we started with the basics of Bonobo life, and then moved on to the effects of geography on their evolution; how sex makes you smarter; the “Bonobo handshake;” how male Bonobos are “mama’s boys;” releasing your inner-Bonobo; sexual puritanism on the left; scarcity issues with sex in contemporary society; how humans were more egalitarian and sexually adventurous as gatherer-hunters than we are today; the problem of increasing screen time in the our culture; and efforts to save Bonobos and their habitat in the wild.


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Organizations working to save Bonobos in the wild:

Lola Ya Bonobo, a sanctuary for orphaned Bonobos

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

The Bonobo Project

Episode introduction music is “EastAndW” by Romariogrande

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