Has anyone else seen trailers for I Think I Love My Wife? Every time I see them I want to hurl something at my television: they portray Chris Rock’s character as some poor chap trapped in a loveless (read: sexless) marriage, and he spends his time fantasizing about other women.
From the summary:
Richard Cooper has it all. His wife, Brenda, is beautiful, intelligent and a fantastic mother to his children–but there’s just one little problem: he’s bored out of his suburban businessman’s mind. Richard can’t help but fantasize about having nearly every woman he sees.
It’s not his caricature that really gets me mad, though. It’s that of his wife (played by the fabulous and stunning Gina Torres) – she’s made out to be this bland creature without a sexual bone in her body. The tiny thirty second trailers we get to see show how the man in the relationship never loses his sexual urges, but as time goes on a woman becomes routine. Boring. Uninteresting to and uninterested in her husband in a way so obviously crucial to any red-blooded male, so that he has no choice but to seek it out elsewhere.
Is this true? DO women lose their sexual drive after a certain point? At the risk of grossing people out, my parents have been caught in the act more times after the age of 50 than they were prior to that. They’re more kissy-face now than when I was young. There’s spark for both of them, after nearly 50 years of marriage.
I think we need to stop perpetuating this myth that women get sexually boring with age, and also stop using it as a punchline.