Increasing our Understanding of Women’s Sexuality

Increasing our Understanding of Women’s Sexuality Sex Roles (2015) 72:265–267 DOI 10.1007/s11199-015-0468-y BOOK REVIEW Deserving Desire: Women’s Stories of Sexual Evolution. By Beth Montemurro, New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University Press, 2014. 230 pp. $27.95 (paperback) ISBN: 978-0-8135-6439-5 John DeLamater Published online: 19 March 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015 I have been reading and writing about sexuality in later life for cifically the Gendered Sexuality over the Life Course (GSLC) thepast15 years (Wadeand DeLamater, 2002: DeLamater and model (Carpenter and DeLamater 2012). Koepsel 2015). A growing number of papers reporting results To study the impact of these transitions across the life from large-scale surveys in the U. S. have appeared since 1999 course, Montemurro purposively sampled an equal number (AARP 1999; Lindau, et al. 2007; Herbenick, et al. 2010). of women from the northeastern U.S. in their 20s, 30s, 40s, These papers systematically report results by gender (binary), 50s, and 60s. She began recruiting by asking women she sometimes highlighting similarities, sometimes differences. knew to recommend women of appropriate age; inter- Such reports often leave me wondering Bwhat do these results viewees were asked to recommend other women. She also mean?^ What are the psychological, emotional, and relation- recruited by posting notices in a Sex Roles Springer Journals

Increasing our Understanding of Women’s Sexuality

Sex Roles , Volume 72 (6) – Mar 19, 2015

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