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Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy

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Why are so many women dissatisfied with their sex lives?

Something is missing from their intimate encounters: either they're not interested in sex anymore, or they are interested but can't get aroused, or they can get aroused but have neither the desire nor the energy to follow through. Their relationships are suffering. Many women find themselves wondering what's wrong with them.

If you're a woman and any of this sounds familiar, Dr. Anita H. Clayton wants you to know that there's nothing wrong with you — what's wrong is the ridiculous fantasies you've been sold about sex, and the unrealistic expectations you cling to. We all want to make love the way they do in the movies, where the woman swoons with desire before the man even gets near her and, once he does, gasps, collapses, and hurtles headlong into orgasm in twenty seconds tops. Now, how often does that happen in real life? Not very — because in real life it takes at least that long to get your panty hose off, not to mention locking the door locked so the kids don't barge in.

In this irreverent and revolutionary volume, Dr. Clayton lays bare hidden facets of female sexuality that are rooted in the psyche and can catapult a woman either into a cathartic bout of ecstasy or against the headboard into yet another disappointment. Through compelling case histories she explores why many women would rather put up with unsatisfying sex than tell their lovers how to please them; how buried feelings about childbearing can affect a woman's erotic potential; and why an orgasm you have during intercourse is no more real or legitimate than one you achieve through other means. Dr. Clayton also shines a light on sexual attitudes thathave a dramatic impact on young girls and teens, and details how motherhood and menopause may affect but need not diminish a woman's capacity for sexual pleasure.

Dr. Clayton believes that women should have high expectations for their sex lives, but that these expectations should come from visceral, intimate knowledge of ourselves — what is normal for us and what feels good to us. She wants you to consider and eventually own the concept of yourself as every bit as sexual as a sex symbol. Indeed, the only person who should symbolize sex for you is you.

Review:

"Maybe you're tired. Or you just don't feel like it. Perhaps it's your lover's fault; he doesn't know what you like. Or there's no time, the kids take all your attention, your job drains the life out of you. Or the dishes need to be done, the laundry has to be folded, and your body is not what it used to be. Or maybe you've never understood what all the fuss is about. It's easy to find reasons not... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"This is one of the best-written and most understandable books on sexuality this reviewer has seen recently, incorporating both immediacy and judicious humor." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Why are so many women dissatisfied with their sex lives?

Something is missing from their intimate encounters: either theyre not interested in sex anymore, or they are interested but cant get aroused, or they can get aroused but have neither the desire nor the energy to follow through. Their relationships are suffering. Many women find themselves wondering whats wrong with them.

If youre a woman and any of this sounds familiar, Dr. Anita H. Clayton wants you to know that theres nothing wrong with youwhats wrong is the ridiculous fantasies youve been sold about sex, and the unrealistic expectations you cling to. We all want to make love the way they do in the movies, where the woman swoons with desire before the man even gets near her and, once he does, gasps, collapses, and hurtles headlong into orgasm in twenty seconds tops. Now, how often does that happen in real life? Not very–because in real life it takes at least that long to get your panty hose off, not to mention locking the door locked so the kids dont barge in.

In this irreverent and revolutionary volume, Dr. Clayton lays bare hidden facets of female sexuality that are rooted in the psyche and can catapult a woman either into a cathartic bout of ecstasy or against the headboard into yet another disappointment. Through compelling case histories she explores why many women would rather put up with unsatisfying sex than tell their lovers how to please them; how buried feelings about childbearing can affect a womans erotic potential; and why an orgasm you have during intercourse is no more “real” or legitimate than one you achieve through other means. Dr. Clayton also shines a light on sexual attitudes that have a dramatic impact on young girls and teens, and details how motherhood and menopause may affect but need not diminish a womans capacity for sexual pleasure.

Dr. Clayton believes that women should have high expectations for their sex lives, but that these expectations should come from visceral, intimate knowledge of ourselves–what is normal for us and what feels good to us. She wants you to consider and eventually own the concept of yourself as every bit as sexual as a sex symbol. Indeed, the only person who should symbolize sex for you is you.

About the Author

Anita H. Clayton, M.D., is the David C. Wilson Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia and holds a secondary faculty appointment as professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology. She has chaired or served on twenty-five academic committees. Dr. Clayton is also a consulting editor for the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy and writes a bimonthly column for Primary Psychiatry. She has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Psychiatric Times, and Ladies Home Journal. She is a wife and mother and lives just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Robin Cantor-Cooke has worked as a writer, editor, and producer on more than forty books and tape programs. She is an adjunct instructor at the College of William and Mary and lives with her husband and two sons in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400064526
Subtitle:
Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy
Author:
Anita H. Clayton and Robin Cantor-Cooke
With:
Cantor-Cooke, Robin
Author:
Clayton, Anita H.
Author:
Anita H. Clayton, M.D., with Robin Cantor-Cooke
Author:
Clayton, Anita
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Publication Date:
20070109
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.55 x 6.3 x 1 in 1.125 lb

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"Review" by , "This is one of the best-written and most understandable books on sexuality this reviewer has seen recently, incorporating both immediacy and judicious humor."
"Synopsis" by , Why are so many women dissatisfied with their sex lives?

Something is missing from their intimate encounters: either theyre not interested in sex anymore, or they are interested but cant get aroused, or they can get aroused but have neither the desire nor the energy to follow through. Their relationships are suffering. Many women find themselves wondering whats wrong with them.

If youre a woman and any of this sounds familiar, Dr. Anita H. Clayton wants you to know that theres nothing wrong with youwhats wrong is the ridiculous fantasies youve been sold about sex, and the unrealistic expectations you cling to. We all want to make love the way they do in the movies, where the woman swoons with desire before the man even gets near her and, once he does, gasps, collapses, and hurtles headlong into orgasm in twenty seconds tops. Now, how often does that happen in real life? Not very–because in real life it takes at least that long to get your panty hose off, not to mention locking the door locked so the kids dont barge in.

In this irreverent and revolutionary volume, Dr. Clayton lays bare hidden facets of female sexuality that are rooted in the psyche and can catapult a woman either into a cathartic bout of ecstasy or against the headboard into yet another disappointment. Through compelling case histories she explores why many women would rather put up with unsatisfying sex than tell their lovers how to please them; how buried feelings about childbearing can affect a womans erotic potential; and why an orgasm you have during intercourse is no more “real” or legitimate than one you achieve through other means. Dr. Clayton also shines a light on sexual attitudes that have a dramatic impact on young girls and teens, and details how motherhood and menopause may affect but need not diminish a womans capacity for sexual pleasure.

Dr. Clayton believes that women should have high expectations for their sex lives, but that these expectations should come from visceral, intimate knowledge of ourselves–what is normal for us and what feels good to us. She wants you to consider and eventually own the concept of yourself as every bit as sexual as a sex symbol. Indeed, the only person who should symbolize sex for you is you.

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