100 Year Old Sex Therapist Talks Casual Sex
I thought this was interesting…
Shirley Zussman is an actively practicing, 100 year old sex therapist in Manhattan. According to The Jewish Daily Forward, Shirley and her husband, Leon, actually took William Masters and Virginia Johnson under their wing when the couple expanded their practice to New York. Masters and Johnson are the sex research duo the hit show “Masters of Sex” is based off of. In the post, they quote her talking about casual sex. Here is what she said:
“I think there’s a big change in the way we view casual sex. In the 60s it wasn’t just casual—it was frantic. It was something you expected to happen to you, you wanted it to happen, it was sort of a mad pursuit of sexual pleasure. But I think over time the disadvantages of that kind of behavior began to become apparent. There was the emotional crash– the intimacy was not there in the way that people need and want. There was a concern about sexual diseases, and then eventually AIDS made a major impact on calming that excitement.”
I think what was expected of casual sex – frantic sex– was something that didn’t deliver. Because in the long run, sexual pleasure is just one part of what men and women want from each other. They want intimacy, they want closeness, they want understanding, they want fun, and they want someone who really cares about them beyond just going to bed with them.”
I think hooking up includes some aspect of the kind of sex we were just talking about, but in a very much modified, and limited way. It’s not as frantic.”
I’m curious to see what other people’s opinions are on what Shirley Zussman said or opinions on casual sex.
What do you think?
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