Secret to Good Sex? (cont.)
Chicago psychologist and online relationship counselor Kate Wachs says that heterosexual men are often conditioned from an early age to shut up and perform.
The Brody Success Story
Whatever your orientation and level of discomfort, the Brodys say you can become better at talking about your needs and desires.
Married 29 years, the Brodys have learned to communicate their sexual desires very effectively. He's 53 and she's 49, but there are times, Cathy says, when Steve makes her feel like a 17-year-old in the back seat of a car.
"I'll say to Steve, 'I really like it when you undress me,' " Cathy says.
"And sometimes,'' Steve says, "I'll say, 'I really need oral sex now, that would help.' "
Cathy: "Or saying, 'Let's have sex on the floor instead of the bed.' " Or doing it in the morning instead of at night.
Simple Self-Improvement Tips
There are many ways to improve your sex-talk skills, say the Brodys and other experts. Among them are some tips that sound obvious -- but are often overlooked.
Honesty, the Best Policy
Sometimes the truth hurts, but you can always look back and laugh. All Steve Brody has to do is remind himself of the Great Nibbled Ear Fiasco.
"For several years," he says, "I'd nibble on Cathy's ear. I thought it was supposed to drive her wild. Finally Cathy said, 'That doesn't really do anything to me.' "
Says Cathy: "I thought if I grunted loud enough when he got to the other places, he'd sort of get the hint!"
Now they both know not to leave their sexual wishes and desires to guesswork and grunts, but to communicate them clearly.
Scott Winokur is a San Francisco Bay Area journalist who often writes about health and human behavior.
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