THE SEXUALLY ACTIVE MAN PAST FORTY by Stanley Frank

THE SEXUALLY ACTIVE MAN PAST FORTY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A genial compendium of fact, theory, anecdote, case histories and just plain gossip but with a salulaty emphasis on accepting the middle years realistically and with a deepening appreciation of the sustaining power of love. The author begins his pep talk with the to most dispiriting reality of waning physical prowess and sexual potency after forty. However, this normal process is often complicated by career crises and tensions, and the author brings all his heavy artillery to bear on the need to recognize that failure in business is not necessarily due to inner deterioration, but many times to forces beyond control. There are chapters which discuss techniques, the climacteric, impotence, the nature of female sexuality, etc. and the concluding chapter comes on strong for monogamy which is nice. On the whole the approach is upbeat, reassuring, but the treatment is often amorphous, crowded, with a preponderance of quotes from Freud, Kinsey, many others, and a doubtful statement or two (the ""lack"" of visual stimulation for female arousal is a controversial matter). Oh yes, there is also a spellbinding anecdote on the purported practices of Ali Khan. Interesting, readable, if diffuse and no doubt commercially potent.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1968
Publisher: Macmillan