Daring Wives: Insight into Women's Desires for Extramarital by Frances Cohen Praver

By Frances Cohen Praver

Riveting vignettes exhibit the interior and outer lives of girls engaged in extramarital affairs. In spotlighting the numerous impacts that spur ladies to cheat—from marital discord, youth histories and sociopolitical background to pop and postmodern culture—Dr. Praver neither condemns nor condones such affairs. as a substitute, she goals to aid other halves and husbands query their very own wishes and activities, realize their very own roles in marital difficulties, and turn into encouraged to discover artistic options. This paintings is an intimate and finished exam of better halves' wishes for extramarital affairs. It contains vignettes from more youthful and older better halves, in addition to operating, stay-at-home and remarried better halves, from people with and with out teenagers, and from those that flip to same-sex affairs. The authoritative and scholary underpinnings are provided in a reader-friendly sort that would entice all girls, in addition to to clinicians and academics.Readers who're concerned about or contemplating extramarital affairs will consider supported, established, and encouraged to go into right into a discussion for swap. This ebook and its shiny case reviews, choked with discussion that permits readers a front-row seat within the remedy room, encourage one to pay attention and research with no harsh perjorative judgments. whereas the problems listed below are profound, the ebook is usually evocative and stress-free.

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Simone de Beauvoir, in her celebrated book The Second Sex,28 asserted that women subordinated themselves to men and were regarded as the “other” in men’s consciousness. She maintained that female sexuality was a male construction. Melanie Klein29 replaced Freud’s centrality of the penis with that of the breast. She believed that early childhood experiences at the breast, and not with the penis, determined the psychology of people. 34 DARING WIVES Second wave feminism paved the way for greater recognition of women’s sexual desires.

Of course, that information relates to apes. But what about Homo sapiens? Many people have bought the notion that, even in prehistoric times, men were more promiscuous, and in turn more adulterous, than women. I thought so, too, until I researched the literature and found that early history does not really support that notion. 4 Hence, a cultural construction influenced women’s sexuality. In the medieval period, the game of courtly love became the fashion of the day for the upper classes. In this game, a high-ranking married lady took a young lover of a lower rank.

In our evolutionary past, polygamy was the rule of law for most apes. Yet, the male gibbon, considered to be Homo sapiens’ closest relative, practiced monogamy. Indeed, the male gibbon had a “wife” to whom he was faithful. The chimpanzee, however, practiced polygamy, and the female mated with several males in swift succession. 2 14 DARING WIVES It is unclear whether genes or the environment led to greater promiscuity for female chimpanzees than males. What is clear is that no double standard existed in prehistoric times.

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