A Frenchwoman's Guide to Sex after Sixty

A Frenchwoman's Guide to Sex after Sixty

by Marie de Hennezel


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A Frenchwoman's advice for how women—and men—of a certain age can enjoy love, sex, and desire in their sixties and seventies and beyond.

With wit and a soupçon of irreverence, Marie de Hennezel shows that there is no age limit for erotic joy. Through interviews with countless older French women and men, de Hennezel uncovers a plethora of tips for enjoying a rich and satisfying sex life after age sixty. She suggests that perhaps the most important point is to have a positive self-image—to love yourself—and instead of worrying about wrinkles and other outward signs of aging, to cultivate an inner youthfulness, which, combined with a certain maturity, she says, can be sexier than youth all by itself. It is better to skip the plastic surgery and intense workouts at the gym and focus on sensuality, pleasure, and emotional intimacy instead.

Other tips for how to keep that certain je ne sais quoi include forgetting about sexual performance, shifting from thinking about the body you have (how it looks in the mirror) to focusing on the body you are (how it feels), and being able to surrender during love and sex. Bringing a sense of humor and a bit of playfulness to the boudoir doesn't hurt either.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771643344
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 583,131
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Marie de Hennezel is an esteemed psychologist and therapist and the author of ten books, including The Art of Growing Old and The Warmth of the Heart Prevents Your Body from Rusting: A French Recipe for a Long Life, Well-Lived. She lives in Paris.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A future for loving intimacy 1

Chapter 1 The age of pleasure and desire 7

Chapter 2 Second adolescence 25

Chapter 3 Couples who stand the test of time 45

Chapter 4 Couples who have had enough of sex 57

Chapter 5 Solitude and freedom 69

Chapter 6 A different kind of sexuality 81

Chapter 7 Other erotic ways 125

Chapter 8 Old-age love 147

Conclusion 175

Afterword 182

Acknowledgements 187

Works cited 188

Notes 192

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