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Hands on help

You can pay people for just about any job these days. There's a market for everything: moving flats, redesigning your entire house, updating your wardrobe and even going on dates for you as a representative/'love advocate'. But a sex surrogate? Isn't that just a puffed up term for someone paid to have sex with someone in a healing and educational way? Dodson and Ross doesn't seem to think so.

And hence the conundrum that reveals itself when considering this modern day issue of therapists who may be qualified and trained in sexual relationships and all its psychological manifestations. Take the 1985 film 'Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate' by Kirby Dick, which charts the practical and beneficial aspects that come with healing through a direct hands-on approach:

'Private Practices follows sex surrogate Maureen Sullivan, and two of her male clients, as they make their way through a process of talk and touch therapy. Under Maureen’s tutelage, the men take on issues of anatomy, relationships, and feelings of inadequacy. While the focus of the therapy is the two clients, the documentary focuses much of it’s attention on Maureen, and the reasons she’s chosen to make a living doing this type of work.'

For some reason we knew that a sex surrogate living in the eighties had to be called Maureen (don't ask us why...)

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