- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
So I have been reading parts of the book The Change: Women, Aging and Menopause by Germaine Greer. This is an excerpt from the book:
“What this means in practice is that should you be a married woman, you should have hung on to your husband and not allowed him to die or go off with someone else, and you still should fancy him. These are all tall orders, if only because they are out of the individual woman’s control. Husbands continue to die in the most inconvenient and inconsiderate fashion. Some, as they rise in affluence and influence, begin to desire more effective sexual stimuli than an old familiar wife can offer, and a female of a newer model with increased horsepower, who will be a better indicator of status than a wife who learned her cooking during the lean years. Many a middle-aged woman has to accept an unwanted divorce. Others seek the divorce themselves.
The right of a middle-aged woman to sexual self-expression is not one that she can exercise in the absense of an interested partner. If she never had sex, there is not much chance that she will start getting it when she is over forty, and less chance than ever when she is over fifty, unless of course she is in one of those caring institutions where the old men and women are urged to get it on together.”
Do you agree with these paragraphs? What do you think? I believe it is definitely true to some extent, except for perhaps the fact that old men and women are urged to get it on in nursing homes.. that was probably sarcasm on the author’s part. Has anyone personally experienced what she wrote here as at least the truth in your experience?