Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Not that I ever read Parade magazine, ever, but it just happens to be a part of the Sunday insert and while I'm sifting through coupons (yes, I would rather admit to that than reading Parade), I noticed the current cover story by Gail Sheehy:

She is the experienced woman--open to love, sex, new dreams and spirituality and committed to revitalizing marriage. And there are millions more just like her. Now Is Her Time

And until now it wasn't? So what does this "experienced woman" want? Just a few highlights: Good conversation, mutual sexual pleasure with emotional connection, not to be tied down... Doesn't the latter contradict the ... oh never mind.

As for what the "Seasoned Woman" offers: A 'what-the-hell, life-is-short' joie de vivre, emotional stability, a knowledge of what she wants sexually and the appreciation of a good lover ... In the bedroom and beyond, she knows exactly who she is.

In short, The New Seasoned Woman is ... horny?

16 comments:

Stewie Griffin 2005 said...

Parade magazine? You read Parade magazine?

Victorino Matus said...

Didn't you read my post? I said it was an accident. I never read Parade. Ever. I was just curious, that's all. I was alone. I was bored. I had no one to talk to. It was raining outside. My wife said she wasn't going to be home for hours. It'll never happen again, I swear.

Patrick O'Hannigan said...

Gail Sheehy is still dining out on "Passages," all these years later. Talk about a one trick pony. And yes, I know there's a double entendre in there somewhere.

Anonymous said...

"I was just curious, that's all. I was alone. I was bored. I had no one to talk to. It was raining outside. My wife said she wasn't going to be home for hours."

There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts. IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD.

ELC said...

In short, The New Seasoned Woman is ... horny? If not that (or maybe if that, too) then a perpetual college sorority sister with delusions of psychological and philosophical sophistication.

Anonymous said...

The feminist movement has lost the war trying to villify stay at home Moms, childbearing, etc. etc. About the only issue all women have left in common to get excited about (sorry no inuendo intended) is being sexually oppressed.

utron said...

I like the way you scramble to explain away reading Parade, like one of those college "experiments" involving drugs or sex. Still, it's not nearly as embarrassing as being Gail Sheehy, and actually writing for Parade.

Anonymous said...

Victor:
It's OK. You don't have to read Parade for the feature story, or the interview, or the Q&A, or the advise column--you can look at it for the the photos, just like I do!

But you'll feel a lot better if you come out an admit your guilty pleasures.

;-)

par said...

After moving to DC and starting a subscription to the Post my roommate began saving the Parade covers because they're just so asinine. I certainly won't be reading the horny middle aged woman article. I really can't imagine the horrid pop psychology thats suffices as the backbone of that piece.

Anonymous said...

It must be now. Later she'll be dead.

Anonymous said...

It caught my eye too. VERY revealing.

Feminists said marriage was a trap, and it played into the very real (but transitory) power women have over men when they are young and attractive. Of course you can play Carrie in Sex and the City. But like everything else, it comes with a price.

So what happens when women follow this advice? They find themselves older, past their power, while men still have theirs. Because their power is based on money and attractiveness that fades later. Bad for women that their looks fade sooner, but that's the way it is.

So yeah, I "really" see older women's peers deciding, hey love, marriage, children, no I don't want that. Let me hook up with some self-involved boomer chick.

What this is the usual boomer-feminist twaddle that you can be young and sexy forever. No you can't.

Aaron said...

There's one thing that defines single women in thier thirties: confidence!

Chris said...

Anonymous 12:50 has it right...just another example of the boomers sad attempt to redefine every stage of life as "new and exciting"...I can almost see the Parade piece in 20 year..."Life Begins at 80!"...let me know when it comes out V.M....

kwAwk said...

It is an illusion really. Men have sexual attractiveness and power at an older age, only because women say they do.

When women stop dating older men, like younger men don't date older women, then the playing field is leveled.

Steven Den Beste said...

I guess a seasoned woman is better than a pickled woman.

...maybe not, actually.

Bookworm said...

In what bizarre world is Gail Sheehy traveling? My friends and I are all women of a certain age, concerned with children, soccer, housework, jobs, and keeping our collective husbands' eyes from wandering. Some of my friends' husbands failed in this last mentioned area, but most, bless 'em, are ethical monogamists. God knows what these same husbands would think if they took Sheehy's article seriously and spent their days at work worrying about their wives wandering. And I agree with Patrick that Gail Sheehy is a classic example of a one hit wonder who just won't go away.