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In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to sex therapist Jenifer Smith about how improved communication, a good book and some excellent porn can improve your sex life.
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Kenrya: Come here. Get off.
Kenrya: Today, we're talking to Jenifer Smith, pronouns she and her. Jenifer has been providing relationship and sex advice to couples and individuals for 13 years.
Kenrya: She has a double master's degree in marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling, and is also a sex therapist.
Kenrya: She's currently the co-host of the Love, Lust and Lies podcast, which can be found on all podcast streaming platforms. Thanks so much for joining us today, Jenifer.
Jenifer Smith: Thank you for having me.
Erica: So again, thank you. We appreciate you coming out. When I first met you, I was like, she's got to come on to The Turn On. So I appreciate you making time.
Jenifer Smith: It took like a year in the making.
Erica: I know. Things have been leading up to this.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah. I like a good climax. That's okay.
Erica: Hey, hey, hey. Tell us a little bit about your background and how it brought you to doing this work.
Jenifer Smith: My background actually started in radio. In college, I used to host a sex talk radio show and the show was already in existence when I got on it. And funny enough, the guy that I hosted the show with back then is the guy I host my podcast with now, 16 years later.
Erica: Oh, wow.
Erica: Full circle.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah. Yeah. So talking about those topics of sex, love, relationships, dating is what really started to drive me and really fueled me to talk to people about relationships.
Jenifer Smith: And so I wrote for a sex advice column for a magazine for four years after graduation. And I was like, yeah, this seems more like a calling than it is a hobby now.
Jenifer Smith: So that's when I decided to become a therapist. But that-
Erica: Was your major in college therapy or anything like that? Or were you like an econ major or some shit?
Jenifer Smith: Communications.
Jenifer Smith: Communications was my major. PR was my concentration. If you talked to me back then, I was going to be a hard-hitting publicist. And then, that's just not what happened.
Kenrya: Oh, same. That was my specialization too.
Jenifer Smith: Yes. It's funny how you use those skills-
Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Jenifer Smith: ... in a career change. So people ask me-
Kenrya: We use them for this show, shit.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah, people ask me all the time, "Well, how did you get to doing TV or radio or magazines?" And I'm like, "Well, I'm a communications major, and PR and media is always going to be number one for me."
Jenifer Smith: And so now, being able to use therapy in that same platform is pretty dope to combine my worlds together.
Kenrya: Yeah, that's awesome. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Jenifer Smith: Oh, a publicist and a lawyer.
Kenrya: You're like, just give me all the coins.
Jenifer Smith: Let me talk for a living and I'm set.
Erica: And now you talk about masturbation.
Jenifer Smith: Now, I'm talking about masturbation, the gift that keeps on giving.
Erica: Yes, yes. Okay, so when we asked you to come along, we wanted to talk about living your best sex life. On the podcast, we read a lot of erotica, which most people's fantasies of what their best sex life is. So what does that mean to you? What does the best sex life mean to you?
Jenifer Smith: Oh, that's a really good question. The best sex life to me is one where both partners are equally pleasured all the time.
Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Jenifer Smith: And that comes with just even conversation in physical sense of sex or intimacy or foreplay, in all areas that you're just deliciously pleasured with your partner. And that's how I look at it-
Erica: Oh, I like that, delicious.
Jenifer Smith: Because for me ... Yeah, because for me, I need good conversation to even make me feel aroused, to want to be intimate with you.
Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Jenifer Smith: So for me, I need it all across the board.
Kenrya: Yeah. On the other side of that coin, what things do you think tend to stand in the way of people having the best sex life of their dreams?
Jenifer Smith: Communication, I would say is number one. Since I've been a therapist, that's probably what I've heard the most is communication. People aren't able to communicate what their needs are.
Jenifer Smith: And a lot of times, people aren't communicating with themselves of what their pleasure points are or what it takes to get them off, or even wanting to have that conversation of what are their real insecurities about their body here about being intimate, which then prevents you from getting close to somebody else. So I would say communication for sure.
Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Kenrya: Do you see a difference in communication? I'm thinking about stereotypes that people have, right? That men are poor communicators. Do you see a difference in how communication goals in terms of the orientations and the makeup of the partnerships? You know what I mean?
Jenifer Smith: For sure, which is funny that you say that because I feel like men are the better communicators with what they want sexually. Women are the ones that actually lack that communication.
Jenifer Smith: And they usually lack communication because one, they haven't explored their own body. Two, they are afraid to actually communicate what they want because afraid of judgments, or they've opened up to somebody else before and that person shamed them or put them down. And now it feels like it's unsafe to share what you really want.
Erica: You know that's interesting. I was doing a class last night about sex and technology, and so a lot of it was porn. Well, the first part of it was talking a lot about porn.
Erica: And one of the things that she mentioned was that she finds that couples that watch porn together tend to communicate their desires better in relationships, or just people that watch porn are able to better articulate their desires.
Erica: And the study show what ... Most people under-report. But anyway, the studies show that-
Kenrya: Oh, how much porn they watch?
Jenifer Smith: Oh, definitely.
Erica: The studies show that men watch more porn than women. And so I think that goes hand in hand with what you just said about the fact that men are more ... They're able to say, "I want this," because they've seen that happen in porn.
Jenifer Smith: Oh, for sure. I think I agree with that a hundred percent, Erica. I think women definitely under report it because of the judgment and the shame that come ... And it's funny enough, as long as I've been doing this work, most of the shame come from other women. It's not even coming from men.
Erica: Yup, yup.
Kenrya: Listen, that's real. A scroll through fucking Black Twitter will show you that.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah. Yeah. And that's sad because there are porn that you can watch that is, I would say approachable for couples because I don't think all porn-
Jenifer Smith: ... is applicable to everybody's sex life.
Jenifer Smith: But there are some good safe porn that you can go watch as a couple, even if it's your first couple of times watching it, where you can have a dialogue about it.
Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Jenifer Smith: And people have to actually take the actual, sometimes the actual intercourse out of it. And just talk about, what is it that you see? What is it that you like out of this? Do you like the way she responds when he does that?
Jenifer Smith: Talking about how you act, what the experience is. And I think that people miss that a lot of the time. They miss what the experience is supposed to be about.
Erica: Yeah. So what things do you think people should consider when they're assessing their current sex life and where they want it to be?
Jenifer Smith: Hmm, that's a good question. Are you happy? Are you satisfied? Do you ever think about stepping outside of the relationship to meet your sexual needs?
Kenrya: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Jenifer Smith: Those would be a few, I think of voice assess.
Kenrya: At what point do you need to be concerned? Okay. So we all ... At least, I got a bit of imagination. So we've heard from lots of folks who have their fantasies and have their what if people and have all these things that go on in their head.
Kenrya: How do you know when you cross the line between just fantasizing about something that's a little different and maybe being about to cross over that line?
Jenifer Smith: Ooh, I've heard it so many different ways too. I mean, because some people, that's all they think about is somebody else while they're having sex with their current partner. And I think that that gets to be a very dangerous territory if it's an actual ... Okay, like-
Kenrya: Like a real person that's walking around on earth.
Jenifer Smith: Right. I mean, listen. I dream about Michael B. Jordan sometimes when I'm having sex, but that doesn't mean he's tangible to me. But if you're dreaming about the person that you work with-
Erica: The secretary.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah, the person that you work with that's a tangible person that you could actually get it from them, then I think it's kind of dangerous territory if you're not communicating with your partner.
Jenifer Smith: And I think that that's also part of communication is if you're fantasizing about different things and you don't feel like you could share that with your partner, there might be something there with that communication.
Jenifer Smith: You don't feel like it's a safe space to actually share that, because I think it's important for couples to be able to share what their desires and fantasies are and explore them if you choose to.
Kenrya: You said earlier that a lot of what you see is that women are having a bit of a more difficult time expressing what it is that they need to be able to live into that best sex life.
Kenrya: I'm wondering, are there ... Can we talk a bit about what are the special considerations that come when you're talking about Black women and Black non-binary folks? What comes into play often that keeps us from being able to really seize that pleasure?
Jenifer Smith: A lot of the times, it comes from ... And I'm going to put my therapist hat on now. It comes a lot from the way that you were brought up.
Jenifer Smith: If you were raised in a family where sex education wasn't something that was an open dialogue and you learned about sex and other various forms that weren't always the safest environment, most women, most Black women are not coming into the relationship open or ready to communicate about it if they never had that space before.
Jenifer Smith: And if they've brought it up before ... And these are different examples that I've heard. If they have brought it up before with a previous partner, they were either shamed about it. They might've been sexually abused, and then that may have been used against them also and the information they would have shared.
Jenifer Smith: And within the girlfriend circles. I have plenty of women ... I teach a blowjob class and I've been teaching it for three years.
Jenifer Smith: And a lot of the Black women said that they would, during their girlfriend nights, would tell their girlfriends about giving their man head or giving them a hand job in the movies or something like that. And they were shamed in their girlfriend circles about doing things like that.
Jenifer Smith: And that stopped them from wanting to communicate with anybody else about it, and even their partner about it, because now it was something shameful.
Jenifer Smith: They were told only white women do that. And that just creates this whole stigma of it's not safe for me to talk about it with anybody.
Kenrya: Yeah. They will never survive in our friend group.
Erica: Girl, I'm like ... I remember we were at Benihana and I was showing a dick pic. Oh my God, we were like ... You know how at Benihana you're at the table with other families?
Erica: I was like, "Look at this. He came in slow motion." They was like, "Erica, girl, put that fucking phone down."
Kenrya: I mean, remember I came downstairs the other day and y'all bitches were stimulating what y'all thought I must've been doing upstairs when I wasn't with y'all. Like ...
Jenifer Smith: The question is: were you doing it?
Kenrya: Yes, I was.
Erica: Yes, you was, you was, you was.
Kenrya: They were correct. They know me well.
Erica: Yeah, we were down here kicking it hard and ... Yeah. And she came downstairs and was like ... I was like, "Yeah, bitch because you would've been down here kicking it with us if you weren't upstairs doing all that nasty shit."
Kenrya: I mean, a time for everything.
Jenifer Smith: Time for everything.
Erica: All the single gals. It was like ... Was it all the single gals? Except for the first, it was all the single gals. So you were fucking on behalf of all.
Jenifer Smith: I need to be in that circle. I'm the single one amongst my friends. And I get a pass because I'm a sex therapist and they just always assume I'm going to talk about some nasty shit, but I'm like, I need to be around other nasty single women that also could talk freely about this stuff.
Kenrya: Yes, that's what I'm saying.
Erica: Come over, kick it. We get it in over here. I think our ... Yeah, we did a Zoom call on Friday night and I pulled out all my toys and I was-
Jenifer Smith: Yes.
Erica: ... showing them different butt plugs-
Jenifer Smith: Yes.
Erica: ... and lubes, and this is my favorite collar. And this is my favorite whip. Someone was like, "Huh?" The other ones were like, "Drop that link."
Kenrya: It takes all kinds, but at the end of the day, we're really big on not yucking anyone's yum, right?
Jenifer Smith: No.
Kenrya: So if it ain't your thing, that's okay. It just ain't your thing.
Jenifer Smith: That's okay. But it's the dialogue, because even if you're not into it, I at least want my friends to be educated about it because I don't know what other conversations they might be having with their other circle of friends or with their partners for that matter.
Jenifer Smith: I want everybody always to be informed about other things because people, adults assume that sex education stops somewhere at school. And if you didn't get it at-
Erica: It never started at school. How about that?
Jenifer Smith: I mean, right. Some people didn't get it at school. I was very fortunate and I had a lot of great sex education very young. And I had it all throughout grade school, middle school and high school. So I was very fortunate, but I know other people weren't and I'm like-
Erica: What state were you in? I don't want to get too-
Jenifer Smith: I was in Pennsylvania.
Jenifer Smith: And so-
Kenrya: That's interesting.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah. And so I'm like, now as adults, it is your choice and responsibility to educate yourself about sex and about different products, different lubricants, adult stores, the different kinds of porn.
Jenifer Smith: Everybody has access to that. So if you're not educating yourself about it, I think you're doing a real disservice to yourself and to your partner or future partners about different things that you could just be educated about.
Erica: Yeah, and I'd like to think of sex and pleasure as a form of self care.
Jenifer Smith: Absolutely.
Erica: I think that we spend so much time on spas and candles and even the boring part of self care, like I'm going to iron my clothes the night before, but ... I don't know, cumming is a-
Kenrya: You get free ass orgasm.
Erica: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Yeah, that's just ... Cumming is ... We talked to someone and she said, "I masturbate every morning to get my day started."
Jenifer Smith: Right.
Erica: And I'm like, "Fuck yeah."
Jenifer Smith: Some people drink coffee, some people masturbate.
Jenifer Smith: To me, the serotonins come out the same way.
Erica: Exactly. And so this is ... I try to ... I am one of the ... I mean, we talk a lot among my friend group, but I'd make it a point to be kind of the I'm this. I swing hard on this side of the pendulum where it's like, y'all going to know all my details, so that at least you're comfortable sharing a little bit more about yours or you're comfortable asking. So yeah.
Erica: So we know you're a sex therapist. How do you think sex educators and therapists can help people evolve their sex lives? How can they make them change it and grow?
Jenifer Smith: Well, I have found that you have to make it really approachable for women. You have to ... People always ask me how do I do couples therapy? Because they just assume that every man is coming on to me, and I'm like, that's not the case. But like-
Kenrya: I never thought that that would be a thing.
Jenifer Smith: I mean, I say that was not why I got into it. That was not my thought, but it was like ... I always used to say, for couples therapy, you have to be pretty but approachable enough for the woman, but for the man, you have to be attractive and informative and let him know it's a safe space.
Jenifer Smith: And I feel like sex education and sexual health is the same way. We have to make it an inviting space. I think a lot of times on social media, so many people are showing dildos or pocket pussies or bullets or something like that.
Jenifer Smith: And a man is already intimidated by that stuff. So putting it out there doesn't let them know that, oh, I could go and talk to her too and it would be okay.
Jenifer Smith: So I think just showing that it's a safe space for both people or individuals is really important. I mean, as a therapist, I'm always thinking about the therapeutic relationship and that's the biggest part of therapy.
Jenifer Smith: So I'm always looking to see how people can invite people in and make it a safe space. Any of the workshops I used to do, I always let partners know it's okay to bring your partner and create this dialogue or make it a date night.
Jenifer Smith: People like that term make it a date night. It makes it more commercial for them to want to come. And then they didn't have to plan one.
Erica: Yeah, I'm like, niggas going to be niggas.
Jenifer Smith: They like, "Oh, how much is it? Okay, cool. You going to teach her how to do this and give us the toys. Oh, all right."
Erica: Okay, cool. So one question I have, because we just touched on the fact that you're a single gal, I'm a single gal. I'm a sex educator. And I find it difficult when dating, because you get two types of guys.
Erica: One is like the "Oh, you know it all. I ain't going to be able to do shit to impress you," which whatever. Or you get niggas like, "Oh, you a sex educator. So we going to have a threesome on our first date." Do you run into that?
Jenifer Smith: I run into the first one all the time. All the time.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah. On my podcast, I talk about it quite a bit. I met guys that I would date for four or five months. They were too scared to have sex.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah, they were too scared to have sex or judge me because I taught a blowjob class. One guy said to me, he was like, "I just can't get over thinking about how much dick you might've had to suck to teach that class."
Kenrya: Oh God, go away.
Jenifer Smith: I'm sorry. What?
Kenrya: And guess what? I'm not sucking your dick because that was stupid.
Jenifer Smith: Right. I'm like, as women, we are never thinking about how much pussy you had to eat to get over here.
Jenifer Smith: We're just feeling good to have a ball to practice, you dicks.
Erica: Yeah, thank them chicks. Oh my gosh. Yeah, that-
Jenifer Smith: Or you get the survey after you've had sex. Then they like, "Okay, so here comes the question. Was it good enough? What do you want me to do next time? Did I get the G spot?" I'm like-
Erica: And here's the thing. I appreciate you asking to improve our experience, but don't ask to try to beat ... You're a fucking-
Kenrya: Like beat that high score.
Erica: Yeah, like my pussy is one of them, the arcade machines. And you trying to get your initials on this shit. No, nigga. No.
Jenifer Smith: I don't want you to ask me 15 seconds after I've come. I don't want you to ask me this. We still laying there and I'm trying to catch my breath.
Erica: Let me glow. Let me enjoy the glow.
Jenifer Smith: Ask me tomorrow. Let's have a recap tomorrow, but I don't always like having to debrief all the time. I'm like-
Kenrya: It makes it like work for you, right?
Jenifer Smith: It does. Definitely. I'm like, "Come in here and shut my ass up." That's all.
Erica: Knock the dust out of this pussy and-
Jenifer Smith: Right. No, it's real. That is so real, Erica. I thought getting into this field, I'm like, oh, I might ... I knew people would come at me or whatever, but this shit here of niggas not wanting to talk to you because of what you do or they intimidate or judge you, I'm like, wow, this has turned into a con. I don't know what to do with all of this. It's ridiculous.
Erica: I found guys, some guys are just really skeevy because I try to ... When you meet guys on apps, it's a balance. You want to tell them who you are in full.
Jenifer Smith: Right.
Erica: Because I'm also ... I run into niggas and they're super churchy. And I'm like, look, I'm a sex educator. I talk about getting my back blown out once a week on the internet for the world to know it.
Erica: I have friends that are gay, trans, nonbinary, so I need you to understand that you ain't getting just some teacher that's go ... like some basic-
Jenifer Smith: Right, right.
Erica: But I'm telling you that because I need you to understand. I don't need your judgment. This is who I am in full, not I'm telling you that to be like, "Hey, I'm going to shoot hot dogs out my pussy."
Erica: I'm sorry. I just finished reading Humans of New York the other day. That chick, Stephanie Tanqueray was talking about the stripper that shot hot dog or whatever out of her pussy.
Jenifer Smith: That's kind of like in Thailand where they do the darts out of their pussy and can actually bust balloons and shit.
Kenrya: Oh, shit. That's impressive.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah. I was like wow, we got those kinds of power. Look at that in my own vagina like-
Kenrya: I'm like shit, can we train? Is this something I can learn?
Jenifer Smith: Is there a camp I can attend? A workshop? I need to know. Damn. No, it's real out here. The apps are quite interesting. I have a three date rule that I put in place about a year ago. I don't give guys my social media until we've been out on three dates.
Erica: Oh, yeah. No.
Jenifer Smith: Because yeah, they get like all types of excited and shit, and that would backfire on me because podcasts are very popular and shit.
Jenifer Smith: So people are like, "Yeah, so I heard you on this podcast." And I'm like, "Oh, I was going to tell you when we got to the third date."
Kenrya: And you don't owe anybody anything. So there's that.
Erica: Exactly. Exactly.
Jenifer Smith: No, no you don't.
Kenrya: Man, I ain't your partner. You let them know when you're ready.
Jenifer Smith: Totally, totally.
Kenrya: I want to back up a little bit to something you said earlier.
Jenifer Smith: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Kenrya: You were saying that you have to be pretty enough, but not too pretty. You have to be approachable. Why is that?
Jenifer Smith: For women, they respect other women if they're pretty, which is super weird, but that's what I learned maybe the first year I was a therapist when I would watch different couples come into the practice and who they would choose to be their therapist. You know what I mean?
Jenifer Smith: I was like, okay. I feel like I can say this woman's pretty and attractive or whatever. But it was something about how they looked at the pictures of who they chose.
Jenifer Smith: Like, "I like her. She's pretty, but I don't think she'll steal my man. So I think I'll go with her."
Erica: Oh, shit.
Jenifer Smith: But I got that though a couple of times if they didn't look at the website beforehand and I was just assigned the couple or whatever and they came in.
Jenifer Smith: I had this one couple. They were a Haitian couple and came in, and the wife took one look at me and said, "Definitely no."
Jenifer Smith: She was like, "I want somebody else." And I was like, "Well, I am the couple's therapist here. So it's me or nobody." And she was like, "I want to talk to your supervisor," which at that time I felt super intimidated by.
Jenifer Smith: And so my supervisor had to come out and she was like, "Jenifer is the best that we have. I feel a hundred percent confident in her capabilities to help you and your husband."
Jenifer Smith: The husband turns around and said, "I'll talk to her." He walked in the room and sat down. And she was just like, "We'll see."
Erica: Oh, poor thing.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah. She was like, "We'll see how this session goes." And we ended up having a great session until the last five minutes. We were talking and they were sitting next to each other and she said something that set him off.
Jenifer Smith: And then he was like, "I'm not talking to you anymore. I only want to talk to Jenifer." And she was like, "Session is over. That's it."
Jenifer Smith: She got up and walked out and he was just sitting there still talking to me. And I'm thinking, how am I supposed to wrap this up now? I don't know.
Jenifer Smith: But people will challenge you a lot when it's a couple because the women want to talk to other women that is attractive, but informative, and also feel like it's a safe space.
Jenifer Smith: And sometimes, if they get a therapist that's too close to their mother's age, they don't want to talk to somebody that's going to talk to them like they're their mom.
Jenifer Smith: They want somebody that's a little closer to their age where they feel it's approachable, and almost up-to-date too on other things.
Jenifer Smith: If they talk about porn or a specific porn, and I know about it. Or if they talk about a strip club that they went to, I will know about it. So those kinds of ways they feel like it's more relatable.
Kenrya: Wow. What's your favorite thing about what you do?
Jenifer Smith: It's never the same topic every day. It's always something different, and I like that. And I like that I can create a space for people to come and talk about their most intimate things and not feel scared to do so.
Jenifer Smith: I've heard some real horror stories from clients of therapists that they went to that made them feel bad about things that they shared or shamed them about certain things. And I'm glad that I can create that space for my clients and they don't have to worry about that with me.
Erica: Yeah. Yeah. It's finding a therapist that gets you is just fucking amazing. My therapist, I think I made a rant. I talk in movie lines and movie quotes and shit. And so I reference “Don't be a Menace To South Central While Drinking a Juice in a Hood” or some shit.
Erica: And she got it. And I was just like, you know what? This is why the fuck I'm seeing your Black ass, because I want somebody to get like ...
Jenifer Smith: Yeah.
Kenrya: Also, the draggings.
Erica: Oh, yeah. Y'all, y'all-
Kenrya: She dragged the fuck out of ...
Erica: Dragging the fuck out of ... Yeah. I mean, I just got my hair back. You do not have to come for my edges so fucking quickly. So what do you wish more Black people knew about sex and sexuality?
Jenifer Smith: Oh, Lord. So much.
Kenrya: That was real weary.
Jenifer Smith: So what do I want them to know most? That they are not their past. They ... You are ... I have so many of my Black clients that I've had that had family trauma or generational trauma or sexual trauma. They feel that that is their identity now, their sexual identity.
Jenifer Smith: And I want them to know that healing is something that can just transform your life all across the board and that they don't always have to carry all that weight with them all the time.
Kenrya: Wow. What books would you recommend for folks who want to either explore their own sexuality or get deeper into what you were just talking about right about how to not be defined by their trauma, by their past, as it relates to their sexual selves?
Jenifer Smith: One that I always recommend is “The Body Keeps the Score,” which they have some really good workshops now for that book where I really recommend ... Anybody that's had a sexual trauma, I think it's a good read for them, but it also breaks down all the other ways with your sexuality specifically of how that can affect your sex life in so many other ways, even the most intimate relationship with yourself.
Jenifer Smith: I'm trying to think of any books I've read more recently about generational trauma. Can't come to mind right now. I'm trying to think of some other ones, even about therapy. Yeah. I'm drawing a blank, right? I'm like books, books.
Erica: Girl, it's similar names.
Jenifer Smith: I'm studying for my licensing exam. So the DSM is the only book on my mind right now.
Erica: Well, if you come up with anything else, let us know and we'll add it in the show notes or not. And it's fine, because “Body Keeps the Score” is great.
Kenrya: Yeah, absolutely. I was going to ask what you're reading right now, but you just told us.
Jenifer Smith: The DSM.
Jenifer Smith: The DSM, that's what I'm reading.
Kenrya: Just a little light work.
Jenifer Smith: Yeah, it's hard because I was in school when we switched from the DSM-IV to the DSM-V. So I'm rehearsed in both, but the exam is on five. So it's like you have to push out all that information that you knew previous and just focus on what they have now. So it's a little difficult.
Kenrya: Yeah, good luck.
Jenifer Smith: Thank you.
Erica: Okay. So we like to have a little fun before we wrap up. So I want you to finish the sentence.
Jenifer Smith: Oh boy. Okay.
Erica: Okay. The first one, 2020 is ...
Jenifer Smith: Shit show.
Erica: Accurate. Accurate. Okay.
Jenifer Smith: It's like retrograde all fucking year.
Kenrya: Oh my God.
Erica: Yep. Yep, yep, yep. Okay. I feel best when ...
Jenifer Smith: I'm naked.
Erica: My partner was ... We were just talking. He was like, "So have you always just walked around naked? Do you do this when I'm not here?" Yes, it is my house.
Kenrya: Yeah, yeah.
Erica: Yes, I do. I was like, "This is how I prefer to be." Yup, yup. And when my child was gone with my ex, girl, my brother lives with me, but he pretty much stays in his space, which is the basement. He literally knocks on the basement, poor guy, "Put on a shirt."
Jenifer Smith: “Can I come out?”
Erica: Exactly. So yeah, clothes are some bullshit. Okay. My perfect day begins with ...
Jenifer Smith: Ooh, praise and worship.
Erica: Yes. Okay, and last, my pettiest turn off is ...
Jenifer Smith: Ooh, pettiest? I don't know. If he has a broke down car.
Erica: Nothing wrong with it.
Jenifer Smith: That will turn me off quick. I'm like, I don't care if it was a great date. I'll be like, "So it was really to know you, but this is not going to work out for you."
Erica: You in the Sentra. If this ’87 Sentra ain't going ... Okay. Kenrya, I saw you thinking. What's your pettiest turn off?
Kenrya: I don't know. I'm sitting here trying to figure out. Oh, I don't know.
Erica: I have a whole fucking list.
Kenrya: Do you?
Jenifer Smith: Let's see, hear a couple. I want to hear it.
Erica: So one, I'm not going to say publicly, I'll say it after this because we might cut some people off. Another one fucking braided hair, like braids.
Erica: Cornrows. If you're a grown ass nigga with some fucking cornrows, I'm like, "Nigga, come on now."
Jenifer Smith: Right.
Erica: You doing too much. Dirty fingernails of course.
Kenrya: Oh, yeah. That's a big one for you.
Erica: Busted shoes.
Jenifer Smith: Yes. That's a big one for me too.
Erica: And they don't even have to be like the name brands or whatever, just well taken care of.
Jenifer Smith: But if they look like they are so old, like you've had these since college, let it go.
Erica: When the heel run over and stuff-
Jenifer Smith: Yes, yes, yes.
Erica: No, not at all. Nope. Not at all. Because the little things, like if you can't take care of like the little things-
Jenifer Smith: You can't be cleaning a dick.
Erica: You ain't.
Jenifer Smith: You can't possibly. You can't possibly.
Erica: You got to choose a dick. If you can't get the details, you ain't scooping under them balls and cleaning it up under there.
Jenifer Smith: Right, right.
Erica: And I'm nasty. I want my face in everything, but I need to make sure I need to be confident you were cleaning.
Jenifer Smith: Right.
Erica: Your crevices.
Jenifer Smith: Right.
Erica: They may sound petty, but it actually leads up to something else.
Erica: If you're a grown ass man walking around with cornrows and shit ... I mean, maybe with the little individual braids, I might give you a chance, but if you're a grown ass man walking around with some Allen Iverson, bruh, you make poor decisions. And so-
Jenifer Smith: Yes. Face tattoos. Yes.
Jenifer Smith: Face tattoos for me too.
Erica: Yeah. Okay, I can add that. That can be on my list. I'm not a fan. However, because I'm a bird, I do like a neck tattoo.
Kenrya: You like a neck tattoo.
Erica: I'm such a bird.
Kenrya: Yeah, the face tattoo is just like, so either you're independently wealthy or you just don't give a fuck no more.
Erica: You literally was like, you know what? Fuck it. Fuck this.
Kenrya: And that's fine, but we probably not a good match. And that's okay. I'm sure there's somebody that is there for you.
Jenifer Smith: Okay. Right, right.
Kenrya: It's just not me.
Jenifer Smith: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Kenrya: That'll be on my list. That's cool. So thank you so much for joining us. Can you tell the people where they can find you online?
Jenifer Smith: Yes. Thank you both for having me. I appreciate it. I could have talked to y'all all day. I feel like we had some ... We could talk nasty all day.
Kenrya: We can.
Jenifer Smith: But you can find me on Instagram @SexTherapistJen, all one word, or you can listen to my podcast also at Love, Lust and Lies podcast. We're on all podcast platforms or you can follow our IG @LoveLustLiesPodcast.
Kenrya: Awesome. Thanks for sharing that. And thank you for coming on, and thank you all for listening. That's it for this week's episode of The Turn On. And we will be back soon. Thanks for listening.
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