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Know what you want.
One Woman's Sexual Success Story
Cathy Williams (not her real name), a 50-something mother of
three who lives in California, hasn't experienced a drop-off in her sex life,
probably because she has long been a student of what interests her sexually. If
she didn't like the way one boyfriend made love to her in college during the
late 1960s, she found another. With experience, she began to define her sexual
style. One important piece of information came in the 1970s when she dated a
"fabulous, sensual man," she says. "He felt comfortable enough in
his body to dance naked in the big living room," she says. While "I
Heard It Through the Grapevine" blasted from the stereo, he lifted her into
the air. Then they made love.
She learned some of what fueled her desire: soul music by
Marvin Gaye and James Brown, dancing, delicious food, good wine and stimulating
conversation. Now in a long-term marriage, she's found that a sensual ambiance
keeps the sexual pulse alive with her husband. For example, getting
dressed up in a sexy outfit and meeting him at the bar of a swank restaurant
gives a kick to their sexual energy, she says.
She also stumbled on other techniques of arousal. "I like
seeing the latest pornography magazines," she says. "I'll go to a store
-- a store I don't usually go to -- and look at them." She also likes to
peruse the magazines with her husband in bed or watch X-rated videos with
Do Something Different -- Something New
Reading erotica, whether romance-laden or hard-core, is the easiest way to add
some spark to your sex life, says Lonnie Barbach, author of Turn-Ons:
Pleasing Your Lover While You Please Yourself. Reading about sexual
fantasies can give you ideas you and your partner can try. Some women find, for
example, that dressing up in silky lingerie makes them feel more erotically
aware. Other women (and men) may enjoy role-playing.
"Often people find the things they think they wouldn't
like, they like, and the things they thought they'd like are a dud," says
Barbach. The important thing is to make some kind of change. "It's more a
matter of doing something different, something new," she says.