Meet Susan Bremer O'Neill, author of From Sex Appeal to Self Appeal , on August 26th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
From Sex Appeal to Self Appeal
A middle-age look-good-from-the-outside laser technician gets sober, then quits her prestigious scientific career and becomes a stripper. In that darkened world of exotic dance and temptation, she uses her questioning proclivity to learn to value her body and sexuality, discern her own morality, and move through and away from other addictions such as men, sex, money and attention. Successfully staying present in her body and regarding herself with greater self-respect and love, she recovers internal approval and validation which ultimately leads her to meet then marry someone whom she can have a mature, responsible, addiction-free life with.
"Susan Bremer O’Neill, author, speaker and coach, has been a pioneer and trailblazer her entire life. She went from being a scientist to an exotic dancer AFTER she got sober at the age of thirty-four. In 2000, she founded Self Appeal®, based around the philosophy that all relationships start with the relationship we have with ourselves. While working with women to help them embody their playful sensuality, Susan produced the woman-friendly DVD, Striptease for Real Women, featuring ten real women students.
With a focus on empowering women, she’s spoken at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley, women’s groups and a local chapter of the National Organization of Women. Susan has appeared on Fox News and been interviewed in San Francisco Bay Area media. Her writing has appeared in Gauntlet and Men’s Health Magazines and an anthology, Flesh for Fantasy, Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance. Her recent memoir, From Sex Appeal to Self Appeal: Stripping Barriers to Recovery—Leaving Addiction, Returning to Body and Mind chronicles her unique journey away from approval-seeking and external validation to one of internal validation and self-respect.
Susan recently moved with her husband and family of six rescue animals from California to Wilmington, Delaware, where she continues her woman-centered work through offering self-appeal and writing workshops. She also regularly brings her self-love message to women in recovery homes on a volunteer basis. In her spare time you’ll find her making soup or pulling weeds."