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Still Sexy After All These Years?: The 9 Unspoken Truths About Women's Desire Beyond 50 Paperback – February 7, 2006


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399532177
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,056,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kliger, a health care educator, and Nedelman, a clinical psychologist, believe women shouldn't be "pigeonholed" by old wives' tales that tell us desire dies on your 50th birthday. But instead of bolstering that idea, their book consists of a grating overdose of stories about real women, many of which serve to validate the opposite truth. The fact that the title ends with a question mark is telling; the book is confusing and disjointed, the "truths" are often obvious ("sexy is different after 50"; "less can be more after 50"), and the anecdotes meld into a long string of irrelevant stories. Many are like the following ambivalent dispatch from Tisha, "a vibrant, well-educated Latina professional in her late 50s." After getting divorced, Tisha thought she lacked "any desire, any libido, or that I was desirable to anybody else... [but] that feeling... goes up and down." A chapter on overcoming the physical problems of aging as they relate to sex, and a look at women who didn't consider having same-sex relationships until after age 50 are interesting, but this eye-opening information isn't enough to save a book that hopelessly flounders to find its point, without a solution or even an enlightening conclusion.
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... a strong contribution-nearly all women will...find valuable support. Including plentiful referrals to resources...this title is for all collections. -- Library Journal

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dream Catcher on March 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Well researched, yet written in an easy style, Still Sexy After All These Years? infuses humor into a serious look at the desires of women beyond 50. The authors present a vast spectrum of attitudes and approaches from women with and without partners. Whether you've bade 'good riddance' to sex, find yourself wanting it more, need creative solutions for health issues, relationship issues or lifestyle changes, you'll find you're not alone and you can benefit from the authors' practical suggestions and listed resources.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allan Blackman on April 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Men who want to develop or maintain a loving relationship with women over 50 will find this book essential reading. A major strength of the book are the quotations from women who were either interviewed or who participated in group discussions. The quotations have the same poignancy as those in the play, "The Vagina Monologues." Like the play, this book has some feminist perspectives that are annoying but they do not detract from the helpfulness of the book overall. The book also has some great jokes!

Chapter 3 has one of the great jokes but overall it is a downer. The rest of the book is quite up beat so I recommend skipping Chapter 3 until you have read some of the other chapters. Men should not skip Chapter 6 on lesbian relationships since it contains very wise quotations that apply equally to heterosexual relationships.

Of the 400 diverse women who responded to the authors' non-random survey, 57% said they were either passionate or satisfied with their partner as a lover. Only 10% said they were either uninterested or resentful toward their partner. 22% said they currently did not have a partner and 11% did not answer the question. That is very encouraging news. The book provides lots of useful suggestions on how men can help their lovers stay in the passionate or satisfied category.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Sharp on March 17, 2006
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It has been a long time since any book I've read, has triggered so many deep thoughts in my mind, as has this book. Men over fifty as wll as women cope with similar problems of aging. Coping with the loss of a life partner, the loss of intimate closeness. and an aging body are just a few of many problems shared by men and women.

I found the book to be well researched, well written and at times humerous.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on February 22, 2006
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This respectful book deals with the changes in women's sexuality in a manner that is both frank and hopeful. The warmth and humor in it are based on an easy and accepting view of what can be a confusing and uncharted time. It encourages inter-generational conversations, with the idea of legitimizing the wide variety of what is normal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lego on March 24, 2006
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This book has changed so many of the assumptions I grew up with. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Plus this is a "fun read" all the while telling the real truth from real women's stories and lives. I think the authors have shown how much they care about the lives of women everywhere by doing the actual research to write this great book. Thanks from all of us!!!
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