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Sexual Dysfunction In America The article being reviewed Is from the February 22 1999 issue of US News and World Report It is titled Not tonight dear and is written by Wray Herbert The article is separated into three parts dealing with sex and marriage different statistics between the races and the treatment of sexual dysfunction There are a number of interesting facts in the intro that should be stated before a review of the articles body commences The author cites a recent report consisting of interviews from 3000 adults about their sexual lives One of the findings from the report is that at nearly any given time almost one third of American men and 4 out of 10 American omen suffer from some sort of sexual dysfunction the range of dysfunction being suffered by American adults is a wide one including a lack of desire anxiety about performance pain during intercourse and orgasmic and arousal dysfunctions The author then states that the contradictory messages about sexuality in our culture can only be part of the problem and that emotional and mental illnesss produced by past traumas and set backs are most likely the major cause of sexual dysfunction First there appears to be less reported cases of sexual dysfunction amongst married men and women than there are for singles This sentiment is backed by a survey done by University of Chicago sociologist Edward Laumann and he concludes that the singles scene is not as carefree as it is cracked up to be and that sex within the confines of marriage is less problematic This conclusion runs counter to the clinical experience of many sex therapists Their experiences tend to make them think that many people in relationships are deeply committed to each other however the are not in fact satisfied by their sexual relationships because the lack the desire to have sex The issue of the inverse nature of male and female
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