Scandalous Happy Married Sex

Meryl Streep’s performance as legendary TV cook Julia Child in Nora Ephron’s new movie Julie & Julia is sparking lots of comment – and not because of the food, but because of the sex. Hollywood critics apparently can’t get over the astonishing idea of middle aged married folks enjoying lots of happy sex. Julia and her diplomat husband Paul Child […]

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No Sex on First Date ‘Good Choice’

Cherie Blair might be the exception that proves the rule. In her biography Speaking for Myself, Mrs Blair disclosed she had sex with her husband, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on their very first date after a bus ride home. Thirty years later, they are still together. However a new study suggests they may be the lucky ones. Published […]

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No Sex Please – We’re Married

Many Australian men “love their partners but are permanently sexually frustrated”, believing their wives use sex to leverage power. That’s the conclusion drawn by Sydney adman Nigel Marsh, based on hundreds of letters he received – 700 in all – in response to his best-selling tell-all take on mid-life manhood, Fat, Forty and Fired, (Piatkus Books). The men who wrote […]

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Keeping Up With Young Wife Costs

Friends are blaming French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s weekend collapse while out jogging on his attempts to keep up with his svelte model-turned singer wife Carla Bruni, 13 years his junior. Maintaining moxie for his younger half in this May-December romance is taking its toll, they say. One fellow MP reported the 54-year-old French leader had recently “looked more like a […]

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Girls Gone Wild – Is Sex Sport?

Meet the Female Chauvinist Pig – the new brand of “empowered woman” who wears the Playboy bunny as a talisman, bares all for Girls Gone Wild, pursues casual sex as though it were a sport, and embraces “raunch culture” wherever she finds it. Way back when women were discovering their power, they objected to being viewed as “sex objects.” Now […]

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Why Sex is Better With Rich Men

Women have more orgasms with rich men, according to new research which shows “the more desirable the mate, the greater the sexual pleasure.” Until now some of us may have taken consolation in the idea that the beautiful women involved in relationships with rich old men were just doing it for the lifestyle – and enduring the sex. Examples abound. […]

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Jane Fonda Finds Love at 71

Gorgeous Jane Fonda is in love again – outing herself on her blog http://janefonda.com/pda/ – after she was caught in “public displays of affection” (PDAs) with music producer Richard Perry at a birthday party for legendary muso Robbie Robertson at Los Angeles’ Sunset Tower Bar. She’d hinted in an earlier post that she was in love; “Maybe I shouldn’t have […]

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Raunchy Seniors – Sex Quest at 70

She was 66, daring enough to advertise in the New York Review of Books for “a lot of sex with a man I like” before she turned 67, and then clever enough to write an amusing behind-the-bedroom-door account of the ensuing sexual adventures , A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, (Random House). A “round heeled woman” […]

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Barbie Not Built for Sexual Pleasure

If female anatomy has any role to play in a woman’s ability to get sexual satisfaction, the Barbie stereotype of tall slim and big-breasted “spells bad news for men.” Luckily – as author Mary Roach – relates in Bonk, The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (WW Norton & Company, New York) researchers are still arguing about how much difference […]

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Redford and Fonda – Life An Adventure or Nothing

What is it about turning 70?  First Robert Redford gets married at 72, and then Jane Fonda announces she’s in love again at 71, having thought “all the good stuff” was now a thing of the past. The two stars – each a Hollywood legend in their own lifetimes – are powerful exponents of the Helen Keller* approach: “Life at […]

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