Sex with Sue
Five women stroke dildos in a workshop, a room full of embarrassed teens laugh as they learn when to take out anal beads, a drag performer loudly queefs on stage in LA; all because of Sue Johanson. In “Sex with Sue” we explore the prolific and decades long career of world renowned sex educator Sue Johanson. From the health room of a public school in Toronto to the late night stages of David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, Sue never shied away from her brand of “in your face” sex talk. Through the HIV/AIDS epidemic, facing off with anti-abortion activists and inadequate school curriculums, Sue was on the front lines, empowering her listeners with judgement-free guidance. Exploring the many stages of her groundbreaking career on radio, television and through personal appearances, “Sex with Sue” dives into how this self-described “wrinkly, grey” sexpert became an unlikely cultural hero. Following in her footsteps, Shan Boodram, Dan Savage, Nina Hartley, Russell Peters, George Stroumboulopoulos, Delta Work, Bree Mills, Margaret Cho and others reflect on Sue’s influence on them while looking forward to what’s next in progressive sexual education. Set in today’s sexually oversaturated world, where a rise in conservative politics threatens sexual education and rights, there has never been a more relevant time for audiences to learn the deeper story of Sue Johanson – and how necessary it is to carry on her legacy, even today.
Lisa Rideout, Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen