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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053037
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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I read this book from cover to cover in a few days. It is well written in an easy to read conversational style. Dr. Corwin is a clinical psychologist who has written this book for the lay public but it would be helpful for clinicians as well. She is different than many writers on this topic in that she describes both the published academic research and clinical examples. She has made the research accessible to her audience with her easily understood descriptions of the findings. Her book makes many good points and covers relevant topics that contribute to sexual issues in couples including desire discrepancy,body image issues,sexual abuse issues, aging and hormones, fidelity and parenting. She gives many helpful techniques that are backed both by research and clinical cases to help a same-sex couples maintain their sexuality. The activities at the end of each chapter can help couples begin to be aware of their patterns and start talking more openly about the issues. I have been working with both straight and gay couples for years, have read most of the sex therapy material and was impressed by how much I learned that I had not known before. Great book!!
Dr. Mary Gresham
Atlanta psychologist
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I read this book a while back (8 months ago?) and have re-read bits here and there (I rarely re-read books). This deserves 5 stars, period, without a shadow of a doubt. Glenda Corwin has been a therapist for 20 years as of the writing of this book, and specifically focusing on lesbian couples for 10 years. Every single chapter includes one or more very interesting and helpful case studies from her own therapy work, combined with scientific studies / statistics - which is an excellent combination in itself. On top of that, she just has a very good understanding of what she is writing about, and this book is very well-articulated and well-organized.

The introduction starts the book off with the idea of "lesbian bed death," a term she only mentions once. The theme of the book is how to maintain sex in long-term relationships for female couples. She starts off with some fascinating statistics comparing the rate of "bed death" between straight couples, male couples, and female couples. Now, I've never been in a long-term relationship myself, so it wasn't helpful for me in that sense (so far), but I nonetheless found the book very interesting personally as well as for general thought/knowledge. Even though the theme is for long-term relationships, it's easy to see how each issue is relevant to those of us who are less experienced or single as well.

She is very thorough and covers every topic I could think of that pertains specifically to women and then more specifically to queer women: body image issues, fear of talking about sex, aging, orgasms, socially learned passivity, devaluing of sex, cheating, etc.
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Sexual Intimacy for Women is a must-read book, whether you're just beginning to explore yourself sexually or whether you consider yourself more experienced. Dr. Corwin uses a combination of scientific evidence and clinical experience and examples to tackle some very difficult and private issues. Topics include body image, aging, fidelity issues, sexual abuse, lesbian parenthood, communication, and orgasm. Another beauty of the book is that the chapters pretty much stand on their own, so you can read them in any order you wish. At the end of every chapter is an area entitled "Your Turn," in which Dr. Corwin puts forth thought-provoking questions that the reader can work through. Her style of writing is so easy and fluid that it's like having a conversation with a very close friend!
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Dr. Glenda Corwin is a clinical psychologist who specializes in sexual intimacy issues for women in same-sex relationships. How fortunate we are that now the available books that address same-sex relationships are growing more plentiful with the appreciation of the acceptance of gender differences. Dr. Corwin writes with lucidity, creating a book that is not only instructive but also one that is informative to all readers. That she is writing specifically for lesbian women is obvious but does not exclude straight or bisexual or curious women nor does it ignore the mirrored issues in males same sex relationships.

Much of what Dr Corwin is conveying is that sexual intimacy is an important part to sustaining and enhance relationships, that intimacy on the physical level does indeed enhance the longevity of relationships. To get to this point she wisely addresses issues that can hamper or even block continued sexual intimacy beyond the first two years of a relationship - the third year drop as she calls it. Some of the reasons for moving from Sexually Active happiness to occult abstinence include overcoming past sexual abuse, whether as a child or as an adult in an abusive relationship, the simple facts of aging and how aging affects the alterations in the makeup of the boy (including the misconception that older women see themselves as undesirable), to the myths of menopause reducing sex drive, the misunderstood concepts of hormones, the subject of fidelity, body image (overweight women tend to perceive themselves as not sexually attractive), and so forth. She always supports her chapter topics with examples derived from her counseling experience that make each of the discussions pertinent.
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