A seasoned woman is spicy. She has been marinated in life experience … She can be alternately sweet, tart, bubbly, mellow. She can be
maternal and playful. Bossy and submissive. Strong and soft … The
seasoned woman knows who she is. She could be any one of us, as long as
she is committed to living fully and passionately in the second half of
In her most groundbreaking work since Passages and The Silent Passage,
bestselling author Gail Sheehy reveals a hidden cultural
phenomenon–increased vitality in women’s sex and love lives after fifty.
Sex and the Seasoned Woman is the story of an intimate revolution
taking place under our very noses.
Boomer generation women in
midlife are open to sex, love, dating, new dreams, exploring
spirituality, and revitalizing their marriages as never before. This is a
new universe of passionate, liberated women–married and single–who are
unwilling to settle for the stereotypical roles of middle age and are
now realizing they don’t have to. As life spans grow longer and as
societal constraints continue to loosen, older women–once free of the
exhausting demands of young children, needy husbands, and demanding
careers–find themselves ready to pursue the passionate life. They
embrace their “second adulthood” as a period of reawakening.
in Sheehy’s singularly compelling style, combining interviews and
research, this book gives voice to more than a hundred fascinating and
colorful women. The inspiring stories tell of wives who reinvigorate
their marriages after their children leave the nest as well as divorced,
widowed, and long-single women who find new dreams and new loves.
Sheehy delineates a crucial link between cultivating a new dream and
reopening the pathway to intimacy and sexual pleasure. She also examines
the latest medical breakthroughs addressing symptoms that have
unnecessarily curtailed women’s sex lives.
From women who find their
sexuality reawakened by a younger lover, to couples whose marriages
survive health crises and grow stronger, to women who finally find a
soulmate in their sixties, to stories from seasoned sirens in their
seventies, eighties, and even nineties, these portraits cover an
enormous range of experience. In them, Sheehy locates the universal
patterns that enable us all to recognize and understand our own lives. Download and start listening now!