By Michele Weiner-Davis. It places the marriage at risk of infidelity and of divorce. Another misconception is that sex-starved couples present their sex life as their primary issue when they come into couples therapy. In fact, more often than not, I ask about it in the first session. But when the higher-desire spouse is either directly or indirectly rejected sexually, he or she can shift rapidly into anger. It may be focused on the wet towel on the floor, or the beer in the den, or the tricycle left in the driveway. It usually pushes the other spouse even further away.
All the rage the movie Far From Heaven, four young housewives discuss their sex lives over lunchtime daiquiris. The boldest of the group coaxes the others en route for reveal how often their husbands absence to make love. Can you imagine? The movie is set in the '50s and the clothing and central decorating reflect the era, as does the girlish modesty of the confessions. Sex is presented as a wifely duty, an activity that, while not unpleasant, is engaged in because one's husband insists on it. Still, although the women roll their eyes by their husbands' appetites, the tone is one of thrilled, bubbling excitement.
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