The Weekend Arts section of the New York Times, 1/13/06, featured a cover story titled "Post-Salad-Days Women Agree: They Want 'What She's Having'" by Dinitia Smith about books and movies that "echo the message that seasoned women can be sexually spicy."
Better Than I Ever Expected was quoted twice:
Also arriving this month, from Seal Press, will be "Better Than I Expected: Straight Talk About Sex After Sixty," by Joan Price, who spices the book up with her own experiences. ("I rub moisturizing lotion gently into Robert's skin," she writes. "I love seeing him standing naked before me.")The article discusses Gail Sheehy's Sex and the Seasoned Woman at length, references movies like "Something's Gotta Give" and "Under the Sand," and quotes Jane Juska (author of A Round-Heeled Woman and the upcoming Unaccompanied Women: Late-Life Adventures in Love, Sex and Real Estate), historian Linda Gordon, and NYU professor of psychiatry Leonore Tiefer. I'm happy to be in such company in this well-written, provocative article.
By and large, the books carry an optimistic message -- that despite age, menopause and wrinkles, women can continue to enjoy sex. "We are having hot, fabulous sex after sixty," Ms. Price writes. "Society's vew of aging women as sexless is wrong, wrong, wrong." Her book includes advice on fitness and remedies for those who can't achieve orgasm.