Peggy J. Kleinplatz

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Peggy J. Kleinplatz
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Ottawa
ThesisThe impact of gender-role identity, conformity and choice on women's self-esteem, lifestyle satisfaction and conflict (1987)
Doctoral advisorMichael McCarrey
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Ottawa
Carleton University
Notable worksNew Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives

Peggy Joy Kleinplatz is a Canadian clinical professor, psychologist, and sexologist whose work often concerns optimal sexuality, opposition to the medicalization of human sexuality, and outreach to marginalized groups.[1][2]


Peggy Joy Kleinplatz graduated from University of Ottawa with a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1987.[3] Her dissertation was titled The impact of gender-role identity, conformity and choice on women's self-esteem, lifestyle satisfaction and conflict. Kleinplatz's doctoral advisor was Michael McCarrey.[4]


Kleinplatz is a full Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa.[3] Kleinplatz is a certified clinical psychologist and sex therapist and has taught human sexuality for over 20 years at the University of Ottawa.[5] She is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University.[6] She has also held the Chair of Ethics and the Chair of Certifications for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counsellors and Therapists (AASECT).[7]

Kleinplatz and physician Charles Allen Moser argue that paraphilias should be removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).[8] Kleinplatz wrote, "[T]he DSM criteria for diagnosis of unusual sexual interests as pathological rests on a series of unproven and more importantly, untested assumptions."[9] Therapists who focus on "functional" versus "dysfunctional" sex, have an approach, she writes that "is, at best, limiting and constraining and, at worst, dehumanising and risks exacerbating rather than alleviating suffering."[10] Kleinplatz criticized sex therapy as being "too performance oriented," and not focusing enough on desire.[11] Her work has been to focus more on ways that partners can please one another by learning to listen to what their partners want.[12][13] Kleinplatz has shown that "great sex flourishes in relationships that deepen with maturity," according to the Globe and Mail.[14] She has also criticized the concepts premenstrual dysphoric disorder[15] and dyspareunia as medicalizing women's bodies.[16]

Her book, New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives (2001), was considered by the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy to be an important challenge to current models of sex therapy.[17] The book is also a feminist critique of sex therapy and describes modern issues facing the practice.[18] The second edition came out in 2012 and it was updated and expanded.[19] New Directions in Sex Therapy (2nd edition) was a co-winner for an AASECT award in 2013.[7] Her book, Sadomasochism:Powerful Pleasures (2006), examines fifteen in-depth cases of different types of couples who practices sadomasochism.[20]

Awards and honors[edit]

Kleinplatz was awarded the Prix d'excellence at University of Ottawa.[3]

Selected works[edit]


  • Kleinplatz, Peggy J. (2001). New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780876309674.
  • Kleinplatz, Peggy J.; Moser, Charles (2006). Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures. Psychology Press. ISBN 9781560236405.[21]
  • Bouman, Walter Pierre; Kleinplatz, Peggy J. (2015). Sexuality and Ageing. Routledge. ISBN 9781138932630.[22]
  • Kleinplatz, Peggy J. (2019). Experimental Approach to Sexuality. Routledge. ISBN 1138821799.


  1. ^ Alexander, Brian (May 22, 2008). What's ‘normal’ sex? Shrinks seek definition. MSNBC
  2. ^ "Advisory Board". Human Centre for Sexual Wellness. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Events: Professorial promotions and awards ceremony of the Faculty of Medicine". University of Ottawa. Archived from the original on 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
  4. ^ Kleinplatz, Peggy Joy (1987). The impact of gender-role identity, conformity and choice on women's self-esteem, lifestyle satisfaction and conflict (Thesis thesis). University of Ottawa (Canada).
  5. ^ Deachman, Bruce (16 December 2003). "Lifting the covers on our hangups". The Ottawa Citizen. p. 7. Retrieved 2018-12-28 – via
  6. ^ Laurance, Jeremy (July 9, 2008). The new sexual revolution. The Independent
  7. ^ a b "AASECT Awards". Sex Ed Center. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2017-07-18.
  8. ^ "Klein Announces Winners of 2007 Sexual Intelligence Awards". Contemporary Sexuality. 41 (5): 14. May 2007 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)).
  9. ^ Moser C, Kleinplatz PJ (2005). DSM-IV-TR and the paraphilias: An argument for removal. In Dan Karasic and Jack Drescher (Eds.) Sexual and gender diagnoses of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM): a reevaluation. Haworth Press, ISBN 978-0-7890-3214-0
  10. ^ Barker, Meg (2011-02-01). "Existential sex therapy". Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 26 (1): 33–47. doi:10.1080/14681991003685879. ISSN 1468-1994.
  11. ^ Naughton, Jim (July 2001). "BOOKMARKS; New and Noteworthy: Surveying the Latest Summer Titles". Psychotherapy Networker – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
  12. ^ "Is This DESIRE?". Flare. 34 (12): 134. December 2012 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)).
  13. ^ Auteri, Steph (2014). "Optimal Sexual Experience and the Goals of Sex Therapy". Contemporary Sexuality. 1 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)).
  14. ^ Bielski, Zosia (2009-07-03). "The secret to good sex: aging". Retrieved 2017-06-08.
  15. ^ Offman A, Kleinplatz PJ (2004). Does PMDD Belong in the DSM? Challenging the Medicalization of Women's Bodies. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, Vol. 13
  16. ^ Kleinplatz PJ (2005). Adding insult to injury: The classification of dyspareunia as a sexual dysfunction in the DSM. Archives of Sexual Behavior, Volume 34, Number 1 / February, 2005
  17. ^ Nichols, Margaret (May 2013). "New Directions in Sex Therapy (2nd edition)". Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 39 (3): 291–293. doi:10.1080/0092623x.2013.763643 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)).
  18. ^ Atwood, Joan (July 2003). "New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives (Book)". American Journal of Family Therapy. 31 (4): 318–321. doi:10.1080/20039291918231 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)).
  19. ^ "The Human Sexuality Shelf". Internet Bookwatch. May 2012. Archived from the original on 2018-01-09. Retrieved 8 June 2017 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
  20. ^ "Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures". ProtoView. 1 November 2006. Archived from the original on 2017-10-31. Retrieved 8 June 2017 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)).
  21. ^ Reviews of Sadomasochism:
  22. ^ Reviews of Sexuality and Ageing:

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