Sex therapist Ruth Westheimer, better known as Dr. Ruth, is at the Sundance Film Festival to promote her new documentary, Ask Dr. Ruth. In addition to discussing the feature, the doctor also weighed in on topics of dating in the digital age.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Ruth voiced her concerns over the issue of loneliness for both the young and the old. While the doctor sees dating sites and apps as opportunities to remedy this loneliness epidemic, she does not condone one-night stands.
"I don't want one-night stands. I don't want to see a rise in sexually transmitted diseases. I don't want to see a rise in AIDS. I lost too many friends to AIDS to take that lightly," she said in the interview.
While it's unclear if the 90-year-old is aware of the effectiveness of prevention strategies like PrEP, it appears that the AIDS crisis still haunts her. In the 1980s, Dr. Ruth was one of the first mainstream voices to speak about the health crisis affecting gay men, and she has been an advocate for safe sex -- primarily through condom use -- her entire career.
Dr. Ruth also spoke on her new awareness of "ghosting" -- a situation in which a sex partner suddenly cuts ties -- during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"The particular concern I have these days is called ghosting," she said. "I learned something new at Sundance! I didn't know what ghosting was! That's terrible. You have a wonderful sexual experience, and then in many cases, he doesn't call. Don't go to bed with anybody you do not have a relationship with. I don't want to hear about ghosting again, ever."
While dating and sex may have changed throughout her career, Dr. Ruth appears to be as outspoken as ever.