As a professional sex educator, I belong to AASECT, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. One group of savvy, dedicated, people. The listserv there is an invaluable resource for those of us who yearn for sound information and advice about working in this field. Yeah, sex can be lonely at times.
Currently, there is a discussion thread on the value of self-promotion. And a particular post struck me. It was written by M. Francesca Gentille, of Personal Life Media; I post an excerpt from it with her permission:
“If we choose not do undertake when we are authors, media producers, workshop leaders, counselors, educators and/or therapists, we may be failing the very community we wish to serve.
Why? Because without promotion (etc) they won’t be able to find us, even when they are seeking us.
I imagine that promotion and marketing have gotten a bad name because we often perceive that soulless business corporations, that care less for our wellness than our cash, are manipulating our ego or arousal to have us purchase products we don’t need. To reach the public, we must release this negative and limiting belief. We know our own intentions and product (information – education – training). We must breakthrough our own resistance and even the concerns of our peers, to reach out. I encourage us to continue to lovingly support, cheer on, encourage, and applaud one another’s efforts of promotion.
As Marty says, there is a war against vibrant sexuality in our country (and in other countries as well). It is an often a covert war of manipulation, misinformation, and scapegoating. It takes courage, commitment, and endurance to keep fighting this war in our minds, our bodies, our homes, our religions, our offices, our schools, our workshops, and in our media ( books, articles, interviews, radio, and TV).
It is hard enough “out there.” At times I have been vilified by my neighbors for being a sex counselor. (Due to their fears and misinterpretations)… kudo’s to ALL of you for your efforts out in the world. Let me know how I may support you to do more and be more effective in getting your message out to the world.”
Since I could not have said it better myself, I didn’t try. Thank you, Francesca, and if any of you out there need help promoting your quest for healthy sexuality (not those money-making “soulless” gimmicks referred to above), let me know.