2014: Sex and the suddenly single girl?
Remember the exciting, best-seller Sex and the Single Girl?.
The 1962 risqué bestseller changed the way women thought about the chase and being chaste.
The racy book, renown to be suggestive – in a good way- was a frothy concoction. Women in 29 countries devoured it.
Mundane copies of Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Seventeen magazines were kicked to the curb, as women basked in the sexy secrets and revolutionary advice for the 60’s.
At the time, Sex and the Single Girl was considered provocative- required reading.
(Some of us secretly smuggled our mother’s copy off the nightstand and got an instant education.)
The 1960’s model citizens: June Cleaver, Donna Reed and Marlo Thomas types were “out” and the gossamer gowned Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” was “in.”
Then and Now:
The Cosmopolitan magazine of that era was innovative and suggestive. Today’s version of the magazine is a poor little paltry ‘zine’ and a far cry from Cosmo back in the day. Today’s version is a blend of National Enquirer, True Confessions and “I was a teenage mutant nymph-oh”.
Prolific author, Gail Sheehy, famous for her best seller, Passages, later wrote Sex and the Seasoned Woman, touting the benefits of sex and the single, married, or widowed woman over 50. She cites happy stories of women 50 and 60+ happily and successfully dating men 10 and 20 years younger. The consensus? Everyone lives happily ever and more relaxed. Is this the end? Honey, we’ve only just begun.
Blame it on the Babes in Yoga
Today more women, 50+, are lithe, supple and sexy as a result of yoga. Yoga is that personal panacea that addresses both mind and body. Legions say no other endeavor can compete for multiple level results. Women don’t do yoga for the cute outfits, the brightly colored mats and matching bags or the Sigg water bottles; it’s all about energy, strength and focus.
Secret Bonus: clarity, agility and yoga buns. Namaste.
San Francisco Dating@50 Examiner, Page Larkin, welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t miss a single Page Larkin column- click the Subscribe button at the top of the page.