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Sex & the Married Girl: From Clicking to Climaxing-The Complete Truth about Modern Marriage Audio CD – Bargain Price, May, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Because the "dynamics of modern marriage are so different from our mothers' marriages," women's magazine vet Norwood suggests it's high time for "a new, bespoke approach to advice." The happily married author-who grew up believing that marriage was a "painful waste of time" because it would lead, inevitably, to divorce-portrays here a contemporary institution filled with challenges, but comprising two equals in a "flexible environment from which to grow and learn about themselves, about love and the world." Geared to the 25-35 year-old set, and exploring every aspect of wedlock from finding a financial advisor to infidelity, the book skillfully balances girly magazine sauciness (tips on giving and receiving oral sex, and the pros and cons of various sexual positions) and brainy insightfulness (effects of feminism on our generation). Norwood maintains a fresh, high-spirited tone throughout, as she discusses divvying up household chores, making time for yourself and embracing intimacy ("During orgasm, your metabolism increases momentarily and helps you burn calories and shift sudden fat.... and temporarily improves your complexion). The title is a nod to Helen Gurley Brown's seminal 1962 Sex and the Single Girl, as well as to marketing-there's a lot in here that has nothing to do with the bedroom. Filled with surprisingly candid real-life interviews, men's opinions, statistics, and strategies for success, this marriage primer is a perfect gift for the newly married girl or bride-to-be.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mandi Norwood is fresh, funny and wickedly insightful. I can guarantee you won't have read anything like this before. Rolling Stone magazine Mandi Norwood is sharp as a tack. She writes crisply and intelligently and represents a fresh, smart voice for young women today Glamour magazine The kick ass Sex and The Married Girl should be first on every wedding gift list. Insightful, intelligent, shocking and empowering, this is a book that no hitched chick should be without. It shakes out the dirty linen of marriage and guns down every cliche about 'the little wife,' to show how modern marriage can work. Whether you want the best sex ever, or simply to secure your finances should the fairy tale falter, Sex and the Married Girl tells you precisely how. Norwood puts women on top, and just that makes you want to cheer. Anna Maxted, author of Running in Heels 'The big read this summer... It's all about being young, happily married and still getting it on'. Evening Standard I admire Norwood's frankness. Naomi Wolf, The Sunday Times A fascinating glimpse into other married women's lives Junior magazine a sin-sational guide, packed with some great advice. The Sun Chock-full of story and anecdote, it's as full of gory details as a night in with the gals. Image magazine, Ireland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The purpose of this book is to teach new-millennium wives how to act like 1950's husbands - only I truly doubt if 1950's husbands were quite as selfish, thoughtless and utterly inconsiderate as this book suggests wives should be.
Offered a job on the other side of the world? Don't discuss it with your husband, just go home and tell him you're taking it regardless of what he thinks. He can either come with you or get lost. Feel like taking a year off to travel the world (using your joint savings to do it?). Don't ask him how he feels about the impact on your finances or how it might affect your future plans. Just give him a list of places you're going. Invite him along, sure, but don't make out you give a damn either way. And let him know that your destinations of choice are non-negotiable. If he has places he wants to go `you can talk about that'. Feel like having an affair? Go for it. Society says this is OK for husbands (apparently - though that's news to me) so it's OK for wives too.
I think when most people get married they have at least some intention of making the other person happy. But to Mandi Norwood this is not only irrelevant but wrong. Redbook magazine had the temerity to publish tips for women on how to be terrific in bed. How dare they! Who cares whether your husband enjoys your sex life? The only important thing is that you do. (Quite a risky position to take when three weeks without sex is portrayed by one of Norwood's friends as grounds for divorce.)
Showing you care for your husband, or showing him any kind of loyalty, is portrayed as hopelessly outdated. If his brother's wife is leaving him, get on the phone and give her advice on how to get the best divorce settlement. And always remember, his mother is the enemy. (Actually all women over 45 are utterly contemptible sell-outs according to Mandi).
The start of the book is full of women expressing their reservations about marriage and why they were reluctant to do it. It's never explained, anywhere, why they did, or why anyone would. The unbearably self-satisfied Norwood (who throughout the book seems to think all women are just like her) says:
"My life plan was pretty much this: junior writer, features editor, global travel, buy own home, become an editor in chief, get married and have kids. I was prepared to take or leave the final two."
I bet her husband was thrilled to read that. But it would be REALLY interesting to know why someone as independently minded as Norwood ultimately decided to get hitched. It's never explained. Why, Ms Norwood, do independent women still get married in this day and age? What's the attraction? Particularly for you and your friends - after all, if you believe all you should care about is yourself, why make a commitment to another person? If it's total self-centred independence you want, why not stay single? That could have made an interesting chapter or two but somehow it just doesn't occur to Norwood to address it.
The book finishes with a discussion of the `death fantasy' where modern married women apparently daydream about what it would be like if their husbands were dead. Sure, they'd be upset, (kind of) but in a lot of ways, it's actually quite a nice thought, isn't it girls? That pretty much sums up the book.
This book is all about life with a roomate you happen to have sex with, not a marriage. I gave it two stars because there were a few things I agreed with, such as not giving your husband ultimatums and it is important not to lose yourself in your marriage (or job, or anything else in life) but I'm glad I borrowed it from the library. I'd be very disappionted if I had spent the money.
I would suggest this book to someone who doesn't like her husband and wants him to spend all his time in the bar. He will need to be very, very drunk to be willing to come home to you. (...)