Let's talk about Sexual Desire with Beth Montemurro. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/bonus-episode-deserving-desire

Why did Beth write the book, Deserving Desire?

Beth Montemurro is a sociology professor at Penn State University.  During the last 15 years she's been studying gender and sexuality.  She has studied bridal showers and bachelorette parties (which was her doctoral dissertation), male exotic dancers, reality television, and attitudes.

She is interested in the ways that people learn about and develop sexual selves through interaction with culture and the ways in which gender norms are created and sustained in everyday life.

Beth Montemurro author of Deserving Desire

Beth Montemurro author of Deserving Desire

I spoke with her because of her book, Deserving Desire: Women's Stories of Sexual Evolution.

I loved this paperback book cover!  Although it’s considered a textbook, she can help the non-academic as well, and I plan to purchase a copy of this book for my kindle.

We live in a youth-oriented culture.  How does this affect women and our desire as we age?

Beth told me several stories about some women she interviewed.  Please listen to the episode to hear those stories.  We talked about how our partners mold our definitions of who we are sexually.

When a woman goes through menopause, there is no change in desire unless she isn't active sexually, in which case her desire tends to lessen.

Beth sent me a beautiful signed copy of her book, Deserving Desire, to give away in a drawing.

Kathe with Deserving Desire Book

Kathe with Deserving Desire Book

If you read this before 8/12/16, there is still time to enter to win it!  Just go to http://RockYourRetirement.com/drawing to enter.  Note: You must be residing in the USA in order to win.  Good luck!

Author’s Book(s):

  • Something Old, Something Bold: Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties
  • Deserving Desire: Women's Stories of Sexual Evolution
  • Something Old, Something Bold: Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?

Maintaining sexual desire is normal as people age and no one should feel limited by stereotypes about aging.

What to do if you feel stuck?

Stay engaged in relationships.  Seek out new relationships.  Accept that the way your sexuality is expressed may change, but that does not mean sexual intimacy becomes unimportant or non-existent.

Contact information:

If you are a man in your 50s and 60s, Beth wants to interview you about a research study she's conducting!  Please email her to set up a phone appointment.

Phone: 215-881-7566   Email: eam15@psu.edu   Website: abington.psu.edu/beth-montemurro   www.facebook.com/deservingdesire

Don't forget to enter the drawing!   http://RockYourRetirement.com/drawing

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