Liz LaPoint started her blog The Naked Advice in late 2014 as an antidote to misinformation about love, sex, and relationships. Wanting to fight the shame and stigma that can keep people from developing healthy sex lives and relationships, she gave sex-positive, science-based advice on both her blog and YouTube channel, sometimes consulting Toronto psychotherapist Rob Peach and physiotherapist Dr. Susie Gronski for help answering letters. Particularly fascinated by sexual fetishes, Liz created videos for her channel that explored the psychological and biological theories that may help explain them. Shocked at how little sexual fetishes have been scientifically studied, she wanted to dig deeper in an effort to understand if they're more nature, nurture, or both. Liz also gained valuable insight from her readers and subscribers who opened up to her about their experiences.
No longer content to be an outside observer relying on what limited information science has provided thus far on specific paraphilias, Liz became what she says can be best described as "part undercover journalist and part covert participant". For five years she worked as a financial dominatrix and foot fetish model, amassing a wealth of insider knowledge that's sometimes shocking, sometimes funny.
Realizing that she was working to combat the symptoms more than the cause of sexual shame and misinformation, she began also focusing on religion's impact on human sexual development and relationships. Raised in Christianity but now an atheist, she shares her thoughts and critiques of religion on her "Godless Liz" Twitter profile, as a writer for Only Sky Media, and on her blog.
Liz was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of a white American father and a black Ethiopian mother. Her unique experiences in the United States give her an understanding on race relations few can parallel. After surviving a benign brain tumor at 18 years old, she majored in the social sciences in college, with an emphasis on human sexuality and forensic psychology. While living in Southern California, she navigated the dating scene and gained the experiences and wisdom she would later share on The Naked Advice. In 2011 she married Terry Osterhout , a photographer and artist, with whom she collaborated on many projects as his muse.
In her free time Liz enjoys oil painting, reading nonfiction, baking, travel, and hiking with her husband and son.