There is a general belief that people who identify as asexual do not form romantic relationships. New research indicates that this is not the case. Lori Brotton of the University of British Columbia suggests that there has always been a general assumption that sexual attraction and romantic attraction happen at the same time.
During the 1970s and 1980s popular print media highlighted the importance of sexual pleasure and happiness for many in the western world. The emphasis was on liberating both men and women from the sexually oppressive 1950s.
After many years together couples may begin to feel that monogamy is slowly slipping into monotony. The once exciting sex life has disappeared under the weight of a mortgage, work, children, family commitments, and life in general.
A satisfying sex life is considered an important element of a person’s overall health and quality of life. Popular media has become an important factor in shaping a person’s perception of the ‘perfect body.’
The stereotype of the ageing same sex attracted man prior to the 1980s is one of someone who no longer goes to bars or is sexually active because he believes he has lost his sexual appeal to younger men.