Saturday 26 May 2018

'People are not having sex' - Tantric expert's love making discussion on Radio One causes a stir

US tantric sex expert, Dawn Cartwright, spoke to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio One about the art of love making. Pic: Twitter
US tantric sex expert, Dawn Cartwright, spoke to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio One about the art of love making. Pic: Twitter

Sasha Brady

US tantric expert Dawn Cartwright told the Ryan Tubridy Show that people need to be taught the art of love making but her discussion caused a stir among some listeners.

The 'sexpert' took to the airwaves before 10am to discuss the ancient Hindu practice of tantric sex.

She told Ryan Tubridy that she learned how to have sex "without taking her clothes off" while she was still a student in high school.

"I was very curious about sex. When I started babysitting, once the kids went to bed I looked through the parents' bedrooms for sex manuals. I was fascinated," she told RTE Radio One listeners.

"I started to research with my boyfriend in high school. I was trying everything from the hoover to the butterfly on this poor virgin 17-year-old man," the California woman said, as she promised to send a confused Tubridy notes on what "hoover" and "butterfly" referred to after the show.

Cartwright first came to Ireland 16 years ago to teach people about tantric sex. For the uninitiated, tantra is a meditative approach to sex that emphasises being in the present moment without distractions. Lovemaking becomes a much deeper, more sensual and satisfying experience, especially for women who often experience whole body orgasms.

"We had about 17 [people] for the first tantric workship. Nobody would say a word or make eye contact but when it was time for tea break, they wouldn't stop talking," she said.

The trained psychologist said that Irish attitudes are changing but, like the rest of the world, we need to learn the art of love-making.

"People haven't been educated about what sex is," she said."People don't know how their anatomy works... we've only ever been taught about sex from a reproductive angle."

In her workshops Cartwright deals with everyone from single people to couples with newborn babies and married couples who have lost the desire for sex. She aims to teach people how to keep the spark alive and to dispel the myth that sex gets worse as people get older.

"The idea that it disappears after child bearing age is another big fallacy that we've been fed," she said.

While her discussion was well-received by most, some listeners felt the topic was "inappropriate", with one tweeting: "Yet another inappropriate topic put on Radio 1 for the time of day. No common sense at RTE."

Another listener called the show to tell Cartwright that "Donald Trump needs her".

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