The Politics of Desire: The Difference Between Men and Women
In South Africa, a black man in his fifties consults his doctor about his impotence. After some probing, it emerges that he has difficulty performing every night with his wife after he has already had sex earlier in the day with his girlfriend. His wife is beginning to suspect him of having several lovers, and this is causing problems at home.
In Woody Allen’s 1977 film Annie Hall, there is a split-screen comparison of Alvy Singer, played by Allen, and Annie, played by Diane Keaton, both talking to their therapists about their relationship. Alvy’s therapist asks him, “How often do you sleep together?” He mournfully responds, “Hardly ever. Maybe three times a week.” Annie’s ...