UNDRESSING THE AMERICAN MALE by Eva Margolies

UNDRESSING THE AMERICAN MALE

Men With Sexual Problems and What Women Can Do to Help Them
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The director of New York City's Center for Sexual Recovery attacks ignorance about normal sexual functioning that causes men to panic and women to blame themselves when intercourse goes off course. Even among themselves--much less with women--men hide the truth about their sex lives. Margolies (The Best of Friends, the Worst of Enemies, 1987) describes a young client who envied his best friend's virility and amazing success with women, unaware that the friend was also a client, being counseled for premature ejaculation. The author divides her book into two sections: ``Undressing,'' an exploration of sexual dysfunctions, and ``Redressing,'' which contains suggestions for solving those dysfunctions. Drawing on cases treated during her 15 years as a therapist, she shows how problems start and how women may unknowingly exacerbate them. Finally, she offers specific exercises for partners to practice with their mates and guidelines for judging when a man requires professional help. Margolies takes a candid but not titillating approach to such controversial topics as fetishism, cross-dressing, exhibitionism, and sadomasochism. Essentially a how-to manual, her book avoids the larger question of men's fear of intimacy. A much-needed resource for any woman whose partner is one of the 50 million American men experiencing sexual difficulties.

Pub Date: May 9th, 1994
ISBN: 0-525-93832-X
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1994




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