We integrate theoretical traditions on the social construction of gender, heterosexuality, and marriage with research and theory on emotion work to guide a qualitative investigation of how married people understand and experience sex in marriage. Results, based on 62 in-depth interviews, indicate that married men and women tend to believe that sex is integral to a good marriage and that men are more sexual than women. Sexual activity in the context of long-term heterosexual relationships may be an important site of conflict as well as relationship vitality. Married people, however, face potentially conflicting discourses around sex.
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Sharing personal information brings people closer together. Verified by Psychology Today. Married and Still Doing It. They all sounded full of desire if not bawdy with sexual innuendo. Hardly, an exclusively female problem. Obviously, men too can find their wives suddenly less desirable.
When Juliet Parks, 41, first met her husband George, 49, she described their sex life as 'wonderful'. She recalls: 'Instead of going out on Saturday nights, we used to stay in, have a bath together, drink Champagne, then make love for hours. Sex was an event - something we both loved.
In a post-coital chat afterwards, it turned out that we had each found completely different scenes in the film to be a turn on. Sex has the power to repair a relationship, to bring people together, and to renew love. Conversely, when desire falters, we often find it hard to accept. Couples can be devastated and worry that the relationship is coming to an end.