Wish that sex surrogacy were legal in all States. There is a need for this type of service and professionally trained surrogates are a rare breed. I viewed a movie while a grad student in human sexuality that presented the professional life of a sex surrogate. It was a documentary so it has never received any Hollywood hype. A most powerful portrayal of how surrogates work with therapists and their clients in need of their services.
Looking forward to viewing the new film, The Sessions. The article below gives an honest portrayal of surrogates work and discusses the new film.
Excerpt: In 1988, Mark O’Brien, an American journalist and poet, paralysed from the neck down since childhood with polio, who had spent most of his life attached to an iron lung, underwent a personal crisis. Still a virgin at 38, he became determined to tackle growing unhappiness about his loneliness. He was desperate for love, but a sexual relationship seemed both physically impossible and terrifying.
“As a man in my thirties, I still felt embarrassed by my sexuality,” he wrote of that period. “It seemed to be utterly without purpose in my life, except to mortify me. I wanted to be loved. I wanted to be held, caressed and valued. But my self-hatred and fear were too intense.”
After consulting his therapist and a priest, who told him Jesus often broke rules out of compassion, O’Brien booked an appointment with a “sex surrogate” named Cheryl Cohen Greene. A 41-year-old wife of a psychiatrist and mother of two, Cohen Greene defined her vocation as that of “a professional substitute trained to help sex therapy patients overcome inhibitions”. The pair met three times, during which they were naked together and gradually increased physical contact, until the final meeting when they had intercourse. To O’Brien’s surprise, this was not the momentous occasion he had anticipated.