A Sexologist? What is that? (you might ask)
Well, it is the seemingly endlessly vibrant Dr. Jill McDevitt, that’s who.
From an early age, Jill was fascinated with relationships and their intricacies. Entirely self taught as a youth, by the time she reached college, she earned the right to be called a therapist, in many respects, more than many professional therapists working today!
Of course, she than backed up the passion and knowledge with formal training but reading her book, one can’t help but think how enjoyable her studies must have been for her considering her near giddy fascination with the topic.
Jill’s book “Fighting the Crusade Against Sex” reads like two narratives. The one is her struggle to open an adult boutique (much different from neon bathed sex stores in the industrial sections of America’s towns) in a largely socially conservative community. The other story is her development as a young girl, on up through school, through college and beyond. These two stories are wonderfully personal recollections and beautifully support each other to fully establish her life’s ambitions in the context of her struggle as a small business owner.
OK, OK, yes, Jill is beautiful and blond and a girl, with a store that is overwhelmingly pink, and loves talking about feelings however, make no mistake about it, she as tough a fighter as there ever was. She always takes the high road but never relents and dissects situations in ways that would make a forensics team blush with envy. Jill’s passion and personality are intertwined in a way that made her success in her struggles seem, well, guaranteed. She is so driven that reading about the details of her battles, one can’t help but think these are just ceremonial motions and the outcome has already been decided in her favor. THIS is what happens when passions and careers meet, this seemingly effortless maneuvering through life’s more difficult challenges is the stable of the driven.
If you can smile on your worst days, how great are your good days going to feel?
At the title of the book we felt a kinship with Jill. On our own level we have come up against our fair share opposition to what we do especially considering we stand in against what a lion-share of the photo industry is built upon, just like Jill, we will keep doing our thing with grace and integrity knowing that, in the end, we are putting something good out into the world.
As always, discussions on our book recommendations are highly encouraged.
Constance & Eric