Lone Ranger

“I still will talk about orgasms. I still will talk about sexual dysfunction. But I have done that.” At 95, Dr. Ruth has a new gig. “Taking the lessons of pandemic isolation — and her adolescent diary — Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 95, decided she should be New York’s Loneliness Ambassador. And so she is.” NYT (Gift Article): Dr. Ruth Saved People’s Sex Lives. Now She Wants to Cure Loneliness. (To paraphrase Groucho Marx, I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept my member as one of its members.) Loneliness is increasingly viewed as a major health concern. “In May, the United States surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, issued an official advisory, warning that isolation can be just as deadly as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day and poses a greater risk to longevity than being sedentary or obese.”

+ SF Standard: Could a Six-Week Friendship ‘Boot Camp’ in San Francisco Cure Loneliness? I Decided To Find Out.

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