A spoonful of sugar: Reflections on being a wedding officiant and a sexuality educator

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Sex educator Al Vernacchio spends his weekends officiating weddings. Photo: courtesy of Vernacchio

Sex educator Al Vernacchio spends his weekends officiating weddings. Photo: courtesy of Vernacchio

Editor’s note: In today’s talk, Al Vernacchio offers a new metaphor for thinking about sex — ordering a pizza. Outside of his Philadelphia-area classroom, where he works as a sexuality educator for high-school students, Vernacchio also serves as a marriage officiant. With weddings on our minds this summer, we asked him to share his thoughts on his two interrelated callings.

By Al Vernacchio

In addition to my work as an educator, I have presided at some 40 weddings since joining the wonderful Philadelphia-based organization Journeys of the Heart in 2010. Being both a wedding officiant and a sexuality educator is somewhat like the experience Jill Bolte Taylor describes in her famous TED Talk, where she speaks so eloquently about the two sides of the brain and how they pull us toward different realities. I, like…

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