"Americans are a decade behind Canada when it comes to sex education and understanding their bodies.""As long as I'm having fun, I'm not quitting.""Females do not have orgasms every time they have sex.""I have a huge problem with pornography.""If you can't laugh about sex, you shouldn't be doing it.""If you don't know about it, you can't get it.""It's sad that the most glorious of sexual experiences can make us feel guilty, ashamed, embarrassed, and abnormal.""Kids and adults have sex for many, many reasons... Put out a question box.""Kids are all computer-savvy. Sit down and write to your parents on the computer. And just say, I have some questions and I'm scared. There's some stuff I don't know and I really need to talk to you about sex. Tear it off and put it on their pillow. They'll read it.""Sex is... perfectly natural. It's something that's pleasurable. It's enjoyable and it enhances a relationship. So why don't we learn as much as we can about it and become comfortable with ourselves as sexual human beings because we are all sexual?""They are uncomfortable talking about sex because they don't want people to think they know about it.""We teach teens what we think they ought to know, and we never tell them what they want to know."
She was born Susan Powell in Toronto, Ontario, to a decorated British war hero, Wilfrid Powell, and an affluent Ontario-born Irish Protestant mother, Ethel Bell. Her great-uncle was Lord Baden Powell  Her mother died when Johanson was ten. Johanson attended nursing school in St. Boniface Hospital Winnipeg, graduating as a Registered Nurse. Soon after, she married a Swedish-Canadian electrician named Ejnor Johanson. They had three children: Carol, Eric and Jane. The family moved to North York. Sue kept house and raised her children.
In 1972, Johanson opened a birth control clinic in Don Mills CI high school, the first of its kind in Canada. She worked there as clinic coordinator until 1986. She continued her education at the Toronto Institute of Human Relations (a postgraduate course in counseling and communication), the University of Toronto (family planning), and the University of Michigan (human sexuality), graduating as a counselor and sex educator.
Johanson's career rose rapidly since her first classroom teaching in one of the North York schools. Later some other districts of the country noticed her performances and began to invite her in schools and universities all over the country. Johanson's humour and frankness make her a popular speaker at Canadian universities. She frequently packs auditoriums to capacity, making even standing room hard to come by.
Radio and TV programs
Johanson achieved popularity as a sex educator and therapist on rock radio station Q107. Originally she had a one-hour phone-in radio show dedicated to advice on sex. Later, the show was increased to two hours. The show was called Sunday Night Sex Show and existed for fourteen years between 1984 and 1998. In 1985 this radio program was turned into a TV talk show with the same name on the community access television, Rogers Cable. In 1996 it became a national show on the Women's Television Network (WTN) with a high rating.
The first seven seasons were delivered to American audiences by Oxygen Media in 2002. The recorded program was very popular, but American viewers missed the opportunity to call in and ask their own questions. The U.S. version of Sunday Night Sex Show, called Talk Sex with Sue Johanson, produced especially for American audiences, debuted in November 2002 on the Oxygen Media.
Talk Sex with Sue Johanson was an educational talk show airing every Sunday night. The program was divided into a several segments all covering the following topics: sexual life, love and relationships. Call-in segment includes viewers' live calls with questions immediately being answered by Sue. The discussions included the most common worries about arousal or erection, pregnancy, contraception, infections, and diseases. Johanson easily covered such topics as BDSM, sex positions, sexuality trends, sex and age, and much more. The show also included a sex quiz, a sex poll where viewers could vote via the internet and see the results at the end of the episode, and included important sexual news and information before and after commercial breaks.
The "Hot Stuff Bag" segment of the show was dedicated to reviewing a new sex toy which has been tested out by one or more members of the crew. The toy is shown and its usage is explained, as well its pros and cons. It is then rated on a scale of 1—4.
The show also usually includes a book review.
The educational format of the show combined with Johanson's profound knowledge of the subject and healthy sense of humour made the program popular with all age groups. Approximately 4.2 million Americans watch the show every Sunday. The show appears in Israel, Brazil, and twenty European countries in five languages.
Johanson made two cameo appearances in the teen drama Degrassi Junior High as "Dr. Sally", essentially a fictionalised version of herself. She reprised the role a decade later for an episode of The Next Generation.
It was announced on May 7, 2008, that Sunday night's episode on May 11, 2008, would be her last, expressing a preference for radio. Johanson ended the show very emotionally and was joined by her staff on stage as she said goodbye.
Johanson is the author of three books: Talk Sex (ISBN 0-14-010377-5), Sex Is Perfectly Natural but Not Naturally Perfect (ISBN 0-670-83856-X), and Sex, Sex, and More Sex (ISBN 0-06-056666-3). All of them cover the sex topics from different points and include the detailed answers at the most delicate questions asked commonly about sexual life, Johanson's advices and health information.
Johanson is also the author of a weekly column published in the Health section of the Toronto Star newspaper.
Sue Johanson brand of sex toys
Her many years working as a sexual counselor helped her become a sex toy designer and in 2005 she created her own collection of items intended both for men and women. Johanson gave her name to a collection of sex toys manufactured by California Exotic Novelties called Talk Sex Royal Line that includes traditional, G-spot, and rabbit vibrators, anal stimulators, Ben Wa balls, etc.
Sue Johanson Teams With Passion Parties Inc.
After participating in the 15th annual Passion Parties Inc. convention as one of the keynote speakers, she joined the board and now mentors and coaches Passion Parties' Independent Consultants throughout North America each month via live conference calls.
Awards and honors
Johanson's work educating and informing the public about birth control and sexual health earned her Canada's highest honor, appointment to the Order of Canada in 2001, for lifetime achievement, a decision that raised the ire of right-wing activists.