"Sex is complicated—it can bring out our best qualities or our worst. One of my passions is in helping people examine unconscious routines and patterns, accept changes in desire, and integrate their sexual past, present, and future.”
Katherine Frank is a cultural and psychological anthropologist (Ph.D. Duke University, 1999), sex researcher. Her academic research focuses on the symbolic and emotional power of sexuality, and the process of sexual meaning-making. Her most recent book, Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through The World of Group Sex (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), explores group sex across time and place. She is also the author of G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire (2002) and a coeditor of Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance (2006). Other work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Archives of Sex Research, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Qualitative Inquiry, and Sexualities.
Her writing on strip clubs, sexuality, gender, marriage and monogamy, reality television, swinging, sex tourism, and feminism appears in edited volumes and textbooks, and she has been interviewed for film and television, radio programs, and other media such as The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Cosmopolitan, and Men’s Fitness. (www.katefrank.com)
“Understanding sexuality is an ongoing process.... We need to understand ourselves, then learn to communicate our fantasies, desires, or preferences to others. Putting our desires into practice requires courage, negotiation skills, a willingness to experiment, and periods of reflection. I believe there are times when an adventure is exactly what is called for—but other times that seeking that next sexual adventure is more about avoiding our truth that living it."
"Working as a stripper for my first book taught me a great deal about desire and relationships. As many of the customers were married, our interactions in the club sparked my desire to understand how people handled the challenges of monogamy. As I have now conducted extensive research and had personal experience with consensual non-monogamy, I work with clients on their journey to understand what sexual exclusivity means to them, develop honesty in communicating with partners, how to deal with jealousy or conflict, setting boundaries and renegotiating them when necessary, exploring a variety of recreational erotic scenes, managing the expectations and obligations of different communities, and other issues that arise. But I also work with more traditional couples and individuals who want to understand each other, and themselves."