SEX is a 13-Letter Word
Foreword by Colin Grewar
A friend of mine suggested I call this the "foreplay" rather than the
"foreword." I kind of liked the idea!
We don't hear much talk about sex on the radio. Certainly not on CBC Radio
and not on a provincial program that airs between 4:00 and 6:00 on weekday
afternoons. My colleagues and I on The Afternoon Edition knew we were
taking a risk when we introduced a regular column on Sex and Relationships
to our radio audience across Saskatchewan; that there would be those who
would not want to listen to discussions about premature ejaculation,
faking an orgasm or love at the office while they were driving the kids to
hockey practice. We were sensitive to those concerns but we went ahead
with the column because we believed strongly in its relevance, in its
value and possibilities and we believed in Bill and Carolyn Chernenkoff.
The idea was to talk abut sex and relationships in an open, direct and
positive way and to do so in a relaxed and conversational manner. After
all, isn't this the way we should talk about these things? Bill and
Carolyn offered us impeccable credentials, knowledge and understanding.
They know what they're talking about. Collectively, they also offered us
great "radio personality." As a host I couldn't ask for two more
wonderful guests. They're expressive, passionate, spontaneous, anecdotal,
well prepared and they're very funny. Just like any other thirty-something
male I have hang-ups about sex. It's not something I talk about openly to
just anyone. But with Bill and Carolyn I felt perfectly comfortable. We
were always confident that the conversational quality of the columns and
Bill and Carolyn's warmth and enthusiasm made the majority of our
listeners comfortable as well, no matter what the topic.
What you have here is a book that consists of word-for-word transcripts of
our ten-minute "on-air" discussions on sex and relationships. This format
captures the spirit of Bill and Carolyn. They're better in person, but
this is the next best thing! I think it also makes the book more
accessible: most of us prefer a conversation to a lecture and find
dialogue more engaging than monologue. Most importantly, this format
reinforces the Chernenkoff's central theme: We have to talk to each other
if we're going to find and sustain rich and happy relationships.
I gained a great deal of knowledge, understanding and enjoyment from each
and every one of my studio sessions with Bill and Carolyn Chernenkoff. I
hope this book does the same for you.
Carolyn Chernenkoff, B.S.N.
William Chernenkoff, M.D.
Taylor Street Medical Clinic
3020 Taylor Street East
Saskatoon SK S7H 4J2
Phone: (306) 374-8082
Fax: (306) 373-5623
“Canada’s Masters and Johnson . . . The Chernenkoffs are authors of the
book “Sex is a 13-letter word”, a guide to healthier, happier, and more
loving relationships. Co-therapists in marital and sexual counselling for
31 years and married (to each other) for 44 years. Carolyn and Bill have
distilled their training and experience into presentations illustrating
the secrets to a sizzling sex life – good communication. “They’re
expressive, passionate, spontaneous, well prepared and very funny”
- Pamela Wallin Live ,CBC Radio & Television
"This is an excellent,
practical book for all people who are in relationships, contemplating
relationships or looking back on failed relationships. It provides rich
insights into common issues of sexuality and relationships in a very
readable, understandable and balanced fashion. The balance arises from an
equal emphasis placed on both sexual partners and models the Chernenkoff's
approach in therapy."
- Dr. David Keegan - Professor of Psychiatry, University of
"The series of dialogue interviews which were carried out with Colin
Grewar, I am sure was of invaluable assistance to many who listened in to
the CBC Radio broadcasts . . . and now it will be of further assistance in
printed form. Their treatment of the subject of human sexuality; the
direct dealing with a wide scope of situations; provides choice exposure
to the reader. Highlighting their points with role playing, often
humorous, provides a relaxing text. The subject matter is written with
clarity and is very informative. One could easily say it is prepared by
those "in the know" (Carolyn and Bill) for those who would like to know
- Rev. Stewart N. Dingwall - Minister, United Church of Canada
"Like its authors, this book is witty, sometimes irreverent and always
entertaining. The subject matter is discussed with sensitivity, in an
easy, conversational style."
- Dr. Anne F. Doig - Clinical Assistant, Professor of Obstetrics
and Gynecology, University of Saskatchewan
"An excellent guide to a healthy and happy sexual relationship. A must for
all to read."
- Dr. Marilyn Davidson - Clinical Associate Professor, Department
of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Saskatchewan
"On a subject that has been
taboo for centuries, Carolyn and Bill have performed so well in writing
this book it can truly be said that they have reached the climax in sex
- Dr. Salim Afridi - Clinical Associate Professor of Urology,
University of Saskatchewan
"I would laugh so hard . . . I had to pull the car over to the side of the
road . . . every time the Chernenkoffs came on the CBC . . . premature
- Ms. Pat Heighes - Theatre Director