Dr. Peggy Drexler has a Ph.D. in psychology and has spent her career studying sex and gender: men and women, boys and girls, and how they come together in families. She is an author and assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University and former gender scholar at Stanford University.
Treasure: I love the simplicity and primitive quality of my pencil and pen-and-ink line drawing collection. Some are sketches by well-known artists — the beginnings of an idea for more important works.
Escape: Montauk. I love to walk on the rocky beaches. Each stone is a gem and the rocks jut out of the ocean like sculpture.
Vacation: Harbour Island, Bahamas. You never forget the first time you see pink sand.
Inspiration: Anybody who makes something better, especially when others ignore it or want to keep it the way it is.
Movie: Bad question for a film junkie. Twist my arm? Quiz Show. Loved the cast, loved Redford’s direction.
Childhood Memory: Tennis and swimming, then on to a half-orange sorbet, half-chocolate ice cream in a sugar cone. A perfect day.
Work of Art: Van Gogh’s "The Bedroom". It’s supposed to be restful. But things aren’t quite right. Like you woke up there, and you don’t know where you are.
Song: Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland.” “Barefoot girl on the hood of a Dodge drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain.” The best days of your life in 16 words.
Designer (past or present): Phoebe Philo and J.Crew with one of my favorite Theodora & Callum scarves
Misconception (about you): I have no idea what people think of me but hopefully it's all good.
Guilty Pleasure: Real life crime shows. You can’t make this stuff up.
Junk Food: Oatmeal-raisin cookies in bulk quantities.
Youth Remedy: Sun block – even when it’s raining.
De-Stress Mechanism: Yoga.
Cocktail: Then, Margaritas. Now, not worth the calories.
Party: A benefit for something I care about.
Pals: So many who are dear to me that I wouldn’t want to name just a few, except for my husband, who is my best pal.
Crush: Rhett Butler
Lipstick and Nail Color: As little as possible.
TV Show: So many shows, so much debris. Exception – Modern Family. Having spent my live studying families I see so much that’s true. Not to mention hysterical.
Cartoon character: Lucy from “Peanuts,” especially when she charged 5 cents for advice.
Restaurant: Anything of Keith McNally’s