How We Love Now: Sex and the New Intimacy in Second Adulthood

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The kinds of love we can experience in a lifetime are limited only by our imagination.

Thousands of women in their fifties, sixties, and seventies are living-and defining-a totally new love narrative. Whether they are already experiencing intimacy, joy-and great sex-or need the inspiration and support to go for it, readers will be energized by the stories of new ways of loving: relationships found (sometimes with younger men); rediscovered childhood sweethearts; long-standing ...

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How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After 50

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Overview

The kinds of love we can experience in a lifetime are limited only by our imagination.

Thousands of women in their fifties, sixties, and seventies are living-and defining-a totally new love narrative. Whether they are already experiencing intimacy, joy-and great sex-or need the inspiration and support to go for it, readers will be energized by the stories of new ways of loving: relationships found (sometimes with younger men); rediscovered childhood sweethearts; long-standing ones enriched; and Internet adventures that feature choices and daring that would have been unimaginable not so long ago.

How We Love Now is the groundbreaking, funny, poignant, and sometimes shocking "next chapter" in Levine's ongoing conversation with women in Second Adulthood, the stage of life she defined and celebrated in two popular books: Inventing the Rest of Our Lives and Fifty Is the New Fifty. As she explores the changes and opportunities for women in midlife, Levine's personal voice, experience, and research infuse each chapter with fresh revelations and reassurance.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Founding Ms. magazine editor Levine (Feisty Side of Fifty) reports from the trenches of “second adulthood” to survey baby boomer women’s love lives. The responses are as varied as the aging of Aquarius respondents themselves. The sexual revolution veteran brags that intercourse has “never been better” because “his time my enjoyment comes first.” Others search for Mr. Goodbar in cyberspace. “We are weather-beaten, but not browbeaten,” one feisty 75-year-old declares—reason enough, Levine concludes, for giddy optimism for a generation galloping into old age. (Jan. 2)
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Levine, former editor of Ms. Magazine, writes about relationships for women in their fifties and older. She argues that confidence, financial independence, social networking, and maturity all contribute to new opportunities for fulfillment in relationships with one's spouse, family, and friends. Levine gathers vignettes from her experience and surveys research to show how relationships, particularly love and sex, are changing for women. To Levine, this is the "new intimacy" women are discovering as they move through life's changes: the experience of children growing up and leaving home, falling in love with one's husband again, or even divorce and learning to love again. VERDICT The anecdotes are upbeat stories of successful outcomes and emphasize the naïveté of the novel experience. One has to suspect not all "second adulthood" relationships end happily or remain fresh. Still, Levine captures how relationships bring opportunity for fulfillment and satisfaction for women in this stage of life. Recommended for women in their fifties and older interested in relationships and sexuality.—Scott Vieira, Sam Houston State Univ. Lib., Huntsville, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410449078
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/29/2012
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer, editor, and nationally recognized authority on women, media matters, and family issues. Editor of Ms. magazine from its founding in 1972 until 1989 and editor in chief of the Columbia Journalism Review, she is currently a contributing editor of More magazine . The author of a book about fatherhood and numerous articles and essays, she has also produced a Peabody Award-winning documentary about American women. She has appeared on Oprah and the Today show and has lectured widely.

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