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From The Sunday Times July 12, 2009, by Daisy Goodwin. "This is better than real sex: A survey confirms my belief that most women of a certain age are better off turning to their library card for erotic fulfilment."
According to a survey of women between the ages of 45 and 60 by the maker of Astral moisturiser, a good two-thirds of us like books “with plenty of sex scenes” because we find them “titillating”. And a raunchy 10% actively seek out books with sexual content.
There is only one explanation for this and I am afraid it has something to do with middle-aged men...
I worry that I am falling prey to romantic novelist syndrome, in which fiction looks altogether more enticing than fact. Jilly Cooper, queen of the bonkbuster, once told me her husband had complained that every night he went to bed with Jilly and Rupert Campbell-Black, her devastatingly priapic hero. There were many headlines last week suggesting that since scientists are close to being able to manufacture sperm, men are no longer necessary; I would suggest that for novel-reading women of a certain age this has long been the case."
Read more about it at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/article6688823.ece