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November 13, 2012

Sex surrogate's life becomes a movie

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SALEM, Mass. —

She has been the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper articles and been bombarded with requests for interviews.

Just last week, she released her memoir: “An Intimate Life: Sex, Love and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner.”

Cohen Greene worked as a secretary, got married and headed to Berkeley, Calif., right after the “Summer of Love,” making the trip in a Volkswagen camper with her first husband and two young children. Near the end of their journey, they got in a bad accident that left Cohen Greene with a fractured neck and other injuries.

Needing money and following the lead of a friend, she started doing nude modeling for art classes. She also volunteered for an organization called San Francisco Sex Information, answering phone calls and making referrals. She later became a member of the nonprofit’s training staff.

It was through this volunteer work that she met her first sex surrogate, someone who engages in intimacy and sex with a client under the supervision of a therapist. The role of a sex surrogate was introduced in the 1970s by Masters and Johnson, the noted sex researchers.

“They can’t see me unless they’re working with a therapist,” she said of the clients, “and the therapist works with me. It’s a team. It’s a wonderful process.”

She even attended the Institute for The Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.

“It’s accredited,” she said. “I got a doctorate of human sexuality from them.”

Cohen Greene met Mark O’Brien in the late 1980s in Berkeley.

“By the time I met Mark, I had been working (as a sex surrogate) for about 13 years. ... His therapist heard about me. He said, ‘I have a client and he wants to find out what he’s capable of sexually.’”

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