Speaker was Apparently Famous for Talking About Successful Marriages…

Posted On: May 10, 2022

Speaker Was ApparentlyYears ago, I attended an event where the speaker was apparently famous for talking about successful marriages. I remember being impressed and queued to get my purchased copy of his book autographed.

Later when he was on stage, I was shocked when I heard him say he was qualified to talk about marriage because he’s been married for 30 years. And it’s true. He didn’t have any qualifications or training whatsoever. He then proceeded to make a lot of sexist jokes around male and female differences and all other kinds of contrived and cliche sayings around marriage.

I wanted to like him. I was rooting for him. I learned nothing from his speech. Instead, I was appalled, disgusted and wondered what’s wrong with the crowd who was laughing along, Singaporeans, or even Singapore at large.

Longevity of a marriage doesn’t give you credentials. Doing the wrong thing for 30 years doesn’t make it right. To earn money as a speaker, it’s also not right to make fun of your spouse publicly! Even if his spouse was ok with it, it hurts all of us as it’s about making a mockery of marriage!

That event wounded me. It affected my confidence as a future speaker. I questioned whether I could help couples in a meaningful not demeaning manner. I asked myself whether I needed to reduce myself and my content to his level to be considered as a speaker, or in order to be a successful one. If anything, he made me realise what I didn’t want to do or be.

People have said my events are fun, light-hearted and educational at the same time. 13 years on, I’d share my personal stories, joke about myself, about sex, but never about people. I found my groove as a presenter and I am still my own person.

P.S. I did read and ended up throwing away his book. It’s one of the few times I had to throw a book away rather than give it away because it was bad, really bad and his crap shouldn’t be in the hands for an unwitting audience.

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About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality before launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling in May 2018. In practice since 2009, she is the only certified sexuality educator and certified sexuality educator supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore.

Often cited in the media, Dr. Lee is the appointed Resident Sexologist for PinkLifestyle.com; as well as Clinical Sexologist for Singapore Cancer Society. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She has published four books: Love, Sex and Everything In-BetweenOrgasmic YogaFrom Princess to Queen and {Un}Inhibited.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

         
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