Marty Klein, Ph.D. has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist for more than 30 years. He has aimed his entire career toward a single set of goals: telling the truth about sexuality, helping people feel sexually adequate and powerful, and supporting healthy sexual expression and exploration. A sought after keynote speaker across the globe, Klein has given over 700 keynote speeches, training programs, and popular lectures to groups in North America and in 22 countries, including India, Morocco, Croatia, Turkey, and China. He has spoken at almost 100 American colleges and universities; to dozens of physician dinner meetings; to groups of Jews, Catholics, and atheists; to tired social workers and energetic sex-toy saleswomen. Their consistent response is summed up by the annual banquet chairwoman of Catholic Healthcare West:
"Your special ability to keep everyone's attention, and to make a potentially complex subject highly enjoyable, was reflected in the outstanding evaluations. You made me look terrific."
Klein has written six books on sexuality, which have been translated into a dozen languages. His latest is Sexual Intelligence: What We REALLY Want from Sex and How to Get It (HarperOne), in which he goes beyond conventional wisdom to help men and women discover that what they focus on during sex is more important than any tricks or techniques. His innovative, smartly funny 1992 book Ask Me Anything: Dr. Klein Answers the Sex Questions You'd Love to Ask is still in print - as accurate and relevant today as it was the day it was published. His recent book, America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust, and Liberty was honored as Book of the Year by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and is required reading in several universities and law schools.
Klein has authored over 100 articles in publications such as Parents, New Woman, and Playboy, as well as San Francisco Medicine, the California Therapist, and the Journal of Homosexuality, and is a former contributing editor to The New Physician, American Baby, and Modern Bride. He has also testified as an expert witness in many state and federal trials relating to sexuality.
Klein is frequently interviewed by the national media on topics involving sexuality. When sex is in the news - whether it's teen sexting, politician peccadillos, "porn addiction," vibrators, sex offending, "cougars," or sex education - he is one of the first experts called. He can always be relied upon to deliver well-informed, often counter-intuitive analyses and opinions in an accessible way. His national appearances include ABC's 20/20, Nightline, Penn & Teller, and PBS, along with The New Yorker and the New York Times.
Whether the topic is serious or somewhat lighter, Klein's talks are thought-provoking, practical, and entertaining. He gets 1,000 college students laughing at their own inability to say the word "clitoris" - and challenges them to communicate better before having sex. He helps 500 psychologists feel understood and trusted - and then challenges their misinformation about kinky sex and arranged marriages.
Whether in Boise or Belgium, Alabama or Asia, on stage Klein is absolutely fearless and savagely funny. He gracefully weaves together insights from sociology, linguistics, psychology, law, technology, religion, and history - spiced with instructive, often funny stories of human fear, courage, and change from his clinical practice. Klein continues to study sexual decision-making on both the personal and cultural level, while promoting the sexual health and rights of all Americans.
Klein's work continually challenges American society's assumptions about sexuality. He is particularly critical of what he calls the "Sexual Disaster Industry" and the "Oprah-ization" of psychotherapy. He decries the sexual "dangerism" of the mass media and "decency" groups, and is continually challenging the gender stereotypes and shocking sexual ignorance of American medicine, psychology, the clergy, and our legal system. He is the country's most-quoted critic of the "sexual addiction" movement.
In his talks based on Sexual Intelligence (itself based on 30 years' clinical experience), Klein teaches audiences how to stop aiming for sexual "success" and sexual "normality" -- and to instead learn to care about other things entirely: how do various sexual behaviors actually feel? What do I and my partner actually enjoy? What do I want from sex, anyway? In this groundbreaking exploration of the sexual mind, he explores the three components of Sexual Intelligence:
The brain - information and knowledge
The heart - emotional skills
The body - body awareness and comfort
In an entertaining, provocative way, Klein shows audiences that Sexual Intelligence is the set of internal resources that allows them to relax, be present, communicate, respond to stimulation, and create physical and emotional connection with a partner. When they can do that, he says, they'll have enjoyable, nourishing sexual experiences regardless of what their bodies do or don't do.
Klein divides his professional time between private clinical conversations with individuals and couples, and very public conversations with his lecture audiences, book and blog readers, the national media, public policy venues, state and federal courtrooms, and international settings. He lives in northern California with his wife, cactus garden, and enormous collection of rock 'n' roll albums.
Praise for Dr. Marty Klein's Talks, Training Sessions, and Workshops:
"Your seminar was packed, and no one was disappointed. You bring expertise in sexuality, law, medicine, and public policy - a tremendous combination."
-- Columbia University, School of Public Health
"Your superb program covered a wide variety of issues in a practical, useful way, and your humor made the experience even more enjoyable."
-- Stanford University Medical School
"Your second lecture to our physicians received great reviews -- like the first. Your ability to put the audience at ease while introducing many thought-provoking and relevant suggestions led to valuable discussions and actual change."
-- Kaiser Permanente Medical Group
"Those attending your training gave it an excellent rating. They found it entertaining and informative, and we are very pleased."
-- Idaho Psychological Association
"Your evaluations were above and beyond all of the others'. You did a great job and we look forward to working with you again."
-- California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
"Participants overwhelmingly indicated that they learned a lot from you, and would welcome another workshop with you."
-- The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
"Your teaching program was peppered with valuable examples, and provided alternative ways of regarding various situations, including some new perspectives for managing difficult dilemmas."
-- Canadian Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy & Counseling
"Your special ability to keep everyone's attention, and to make a potentially complex subject highly enjoyable, was reflected in the outstanding evaluations."
-- Catholic Healthcare West
"Your expertise, sense of humor, and candor enabled our men to explore issues that they might otherwise ignore. They came away from your talk improved as men, fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and friends."
-- Wilshire Blvd. Temple
"We've had overwhelmingly positive feedback from the 450 people in attendance -- and a majority of them wanted more! You immediately put the audience at ease with your sense of humor and presentation style. We could not have asked for anything better."
-- Mills Peninsula Women's Health Council
"Your extensive knowledge and humor made this topic comfortable for participants. Professionals overwhelmingly felt the program and your skill as a speaker were excellent."
-- Stanford University, Nursing Continuing Education
"Your workshop was one of the highest rated presentations. Participants found your humor, clinical experience, and ease with questions particularly valuable."
-- American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, & Therapists
"Our students and faculty appreciate the wit and sensitivity Dr. Klein brings to his profession. We recommend him without reservation as a lecturer and recognized authority in sexology."
-- Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
"You received rave reviews on the evaluations. Your expertise, sense of humor, and professionalism were very well displayed in this dynamic talk."
-- Lockheed Corporation
"As the evaluations show, we all -- parents & staff -- learned from your well-organized, humorous, honest presentation. Thanks again for your wisdom!"
-- Portola Valley (CA) PTA
"Your excellent presentation was comprehensive, and well received by all. We highly recommend you."
-- California Academy of Family Physicians
"There were many positive comments on your keynote speech on teen sexual decision making. Your warmth and wit made you a welcome personality at our sessions."
-- Junior League (National Replication Project)
"Thank you for an excellent workshop. You made everyone feel comfortable; we all enjoyed your sense of humor, and appreciate your sensitivity."
-- Unitarian Church, Detroit
"Evaluations show that participants appreciated both your excellent material and personal style. You made your points with tact and humor, enabling people to hear you, regardless of their preconceived ideas."
-- Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
"Your presentation on sexual health for people with disabilities was very well received. This was an invaluable educational opportunity."
-- Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
"The feedback from participants was extremely positive. They were constantly learning new information, new ideas for treatment and new facts. Your presentation style kept everyone's attention throughout the six-hour program."
-- Coalition of Illinois Counselor Organizations
"You gave an outstanding keynote at our annual conference, as well as a wonderful day-long training for professionals. We wholeheartedly recommend you as a keynote presenter and trainer."
-- National Association of Social Workers, Indiana Chapter
"Your second time speaking to us was as valuable as the first. Thanks for educating us."
-- First Amendment Lawyers Association
"Your presentation was by far the highlight of our Sexual Awareness Week. Your talk will have a great effect on the students."
-- Notre Dame University
"Your program was the talk of the conference; besides packing the house, you kept the audience engaged throughout."
-- American Library Association