Married 41 Years, Profs Turn Sex 101 Into an Institution

UC Santa Barbara profs
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2009 12:25 PM CDT
Husband-wife teaching duo John and Janice Baldwin offer students straightforward, sensitive sex and relationship education in their "Sociology of Human Sexuality" course at UC Santa Barbara.

(Newser) – For more than 20 years, John and Janice Baldwin have instructed students at UC Santa Barbara about sex, love, and everything in between, while implicitly offering their own 41-year-old marriage as a positive example, the LA Times reports. Their “Sociology of Human Sexuality” is one of the most popular classes at UCSB, owing not only to college students’ inexorable interest in sex, but to the Baldwins' deft and sensitive handling.

"We are not trying to teach them to be like us," John Baldwin insists. "But we are going to be talking about relationships, and a lot of them want relationships. They want to find somebody special, so we are little hope signals." The Baldwins’ frank and fact-oriented approach is appreciated by students like Adam Milholland, 21, who said his high school sex-ed class focused on abstinence: "This class teaches you stuff that is important to your life," Milholland says.