In this podcast

Popular sexuality writer, Michael Castleman shares how he went from writing health articles as a freelance magazine journalist to publishing 18 of his very own books including his latest, Sizzling Sex for Life.  Along with sharing his unique journey, Castleman shares his view on sex-positive parents, sex education in public schools and what he’s learned over the years researching and writing about sex.

Michael’s latest book: Sizzling Sex

We discuss how Michael Castleman decided to write his latest book and how he decided to write it as a comprehensive guide. Michael indicated that he desired to write a book that is for everyone, no matter what your age and that is entirely based on evidence. He emphasizes the importance of research in our field of sexuality and how this book includes 2,500 cited research studies. 

Sex-positive parents and sex education in public schools 

Michael discusses how he grew up with sex-positive parents which in turn really supported him in his career. He shares the importance of parents talking about sexuality with their children and how much more effective it is compared to sex education in public schools.

“The research is very clear, the more parents talk about sexuality with their children the more sexuality responsible those children are”

Episode highlights:

🎙 3:10     Michael’s latest book: Sizzling Sex
🎙 9:30     Growing up with sex-positive parents and how that supported Michael’s career
🎙 13:10    The importance of parents talking about sexuality with their children vs learning sex education in public schools
🎙 21:10   Unique lessons from being a journalist in the sexuality field vs being a clinician or counselor
🎙 28:36   Questions Michael gets about masturbation and how America sees masturbation  


🔗 Michael Castleman’s Website
🔗 Great Sex Guidance Blog
🔗 Sexcasters Sexuality Professionals Podcast Community
🔗 SHA Certification Trainings where Dr. David Ley is on the advisory board
🔗 Respark Therapy & Coaching for sex therapy and couples therapy in Colorado and Texas
🔗 Practice Outside the Lines

Episode Transcript

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Meet Michael Castleman: 

Michael Castleman is the world’s most popular sexuality writer. His twice-monthly blog on, All About Sex,” launched in 2009, has amassed more than 50 million views. The free Question & Answer site he has published since 2010,, has attracted 2 million more. His two previous sexualitacy guides—Sexual Solutions (1980) and Great Sex (2004)—have sold more than 600,000 copies.

Castleman has answered more than 12,000 sex questions from people around the world of all ages and sexual inclinations. In addition to his Question & Answer site, he spent 10 years (1997-2007) answering sex questions from customers of Xandria, then a major sex toy marketer, and five years (1991-1995) answering the sex questions submitted to Playboy’s “Advisor” column. He has also answered questions for WebMD and several other websites, magazines, and call-in radio shows.

From 1973 to 1978, Castleman wrote health articles for the alternative press. He defined health broadly: optimal wellness, illness prevention, mainstream medicine, alternative therapies, nutrition, fitness, and sexuality.

In 1978, he earned a Masters degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley. From 1979-2007, Castleman wrote more than 1,500 health articles for newspapers, magazines and Web sites about all of the above, including: the New York Times, WebMD,,, AARP, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Self, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Prevention, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, Natural Health, Mother Jones, and The Nation. Library Journal called him “one of the nation’s leading health writers.”

In 2007, Castleman retired from health journalism but has continued to write about sexuality. Why? “The thank-you notes,” he explains. “Readers appreciated my health writing, but I’ve gotten many more thank-you notes from answering sex questions and providing sexuality information and counseling.”

Castleman has published 18 books with total sales of 2.5 million copies. His top seller, with sales of more than 1 million copies in four editions, is The New Healing Herbs, a folklore-meets-science guide to the benefits (and possible hazards) of 135 widely used medicinal plants. Four of Castleman’s books are mystery novels set in San Francisco and featuring a journalist sleuth and the city’s rich history.

Castleman has been interviewed on dozens of television, and radio programs, among them: Today, Good Morning, America, Charlie Rose, and Phil Donahue. He has also been featured on many podcasts.

Castleman grew up in a Long Island suburb of New York City. He earned a BA in English from the University of Michigan and graduated Phi Beta Kappa (1972). He lives in San Francisco.

For additional information, see his Wikipedia page.