Sheehy also defines male menopause as a period in which hormones, including testosterone--and therefore potency and sex drive--drop, and men suffer from irritability and mood swings. She cites the statistics that claim more than 52 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70 can expect some degree of impotence--which translates into at least 20 million men. "When ignored or denied, this sexual freeze extends more deeply into every aspect of a man's life than was previously thought," she writes. "It can be an underlying cause of depression, divorce, even suicide."
The men Sheehy interviewed were surprisingly candid about their situations and are glad that they've opened up a discourse. Says one man about the silence regarding sexual changes his father endured during his passage into male menopause: "The only sign of getting older probably was that earlier trip to the bathroom in the morning--which we call the six a.m. passage." In addition to covering male menopause and the latest treatments for impotence, Sheehy also includes chapters on how to handle empty-nest syndrome, job downsizing, and the strain on marriage that retirement brings about, but her main point rings clear throughout: "We need an expanded definition of manliness." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
My husband used the text for ideas for a Men's Discussion Group. It served that purpose. mkminterPublished 1 month ago by Mary Minter
I didn't realize that we are so similar with so many others, going across cultures. Great encouragement as we face uncertainties in life. Thanks.Published 11 months ago by Eng PT
When you consider all the interviews and research involved this book puts it forth in easy readable form. form RHNPublished 13 months ago by robnic
still sitting on book shelf, got real busy upon retiring Did skim a few sections and found it OK but didn't grab mePublished 15 months ago by Thomas A. Markel II
I had picked up this book 10 years ago while waiting for someone in Barnes and Noble and quickly looked at the topics. Read morePublished 18 months ago by B. Kane
This book give you great insight into the predictable stages of a man's life. I enjoyed the New Passages book several years ago. This added even more insight.Published on August 8, 2012 by jjfnj
Since I'm already self-employed and thus not likely to be fired, and since my frustrations, questions and challenges have absolutely nothing to do with "virility," diminished... Read morePublished on October 25, 2009 by D. C. Winton
Excellent insight into the male perspective. Based on myriads of facts and studies. Couldn't put it down.Published on May 21, 2009 by sarah
I would encourage every man and every woman, even the young ones, to read this book at least once. It is a valuable guide to knowing what men think and go through mentally as they... Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by Dingo Momma