In contrast to its tabloid title, The Sex-Starved Marriage offers candid and sensible counsel for couples with mismatched libidos. Seasoned sex therapist Michele Weiner-Davis skewers two stereotypes about sex in marriage.
First, she jettisons the idea that husbands are hot and wives are not, giving examples of "low-desire" men in her practice.
Next, she upends the longstanding model of sexual response and advises readers: "Just do it. Desire is a decision.
Once the low-interest partner allows him/herself to be touched and aroused, this will trigger a strong desire to continue being sexual."
The strength of her approach to the causes of sexual stalemate lies in her insights about the struggles of both partners.
Her suggestions (how to break the ice, how to court your partner, nag busting, and the Hallmark solution) are not gimmicky and are presented as techniques for couples, not individuals.
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