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About My Work
After treating countless women who felt alone and isolated
in experiences that they were unaware many other women were dealing with too, I began to ask what I could do to help them reach out to each other. The result was the
launch of the Women’s Realities Study in which I interviewed hundreds of women from ages 18-105, about the most private issues as I sought to understand what
events in a woman’s life impact her future happiness and self-confidence. What I found was truly revealing— the
theme that most interested them as they explored their identities was how their relationship with their mothers influenced their understanding of themselves as sexual
beings throughout their lives.
In my study of 450 women, they reveal that when their mothers conveyed that sexuality was somehow bad, or when they left sexuality out of the dialogue while they were growing up, it set them up to feel alienated from themselves--from their feelings, their instincts and their bodies. This, in turn, made them lose faith in their mothers' ability to be there for them in the ways they needed, which created distance in the mother-
daughter relationship over their lives together.