In its upper stories, the Flex bathhouse in Cleveland feels like a squash club for backslapping businessmen. There's a large gym with free weights and exercise machines on the third floor. In the common area, on the main floor, men in towels lounge on couches and watch CNN on big-screen TV's. In the basement, the mood is different: the TV's are tuned to porn, and the dimly lighted hallways buzz with sexual energy.
Low sex drive in women has many potential causes, including underlying medical issues, emotional or psychological problems, or work- and family-related stress. The good news is that identifying the root cause of low libido can lead to effective treatment options. It is not unusual for couples to have a disparity in their sex drives. More often than not, in a heterosexual relationship, it's the woman who has the lower libido , according to research published by the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA. This can be distressing for both partners and even put the relationship at risk if it can't be resolved. The medical term for low libido and lack of interest in sex is Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder HSDD , though there is some debate as to whether or not a woman's lack of sex drive should be viewed as a disorder. In fact, research has found that the female libido differs from that of men and that women naturally have a lower libido and think about sex less often than men.
In honor of Lil' Kim's birthday today, we're saluting the Queen Bee by re-posting our May cover story on the rapper by bell hooks. The interview, which happened seven months after the release of Kim's breakout LP Hard Core , focuses on the double standards that female celebrities embracing their sexuality endure. It doesn't feel like much has changed, either — nearly 20 years later, the questions in this could still be posed to most overtly sexual female performers today.
The word can evoke a kaleidoscope of emotions. From love, excitement, and tenderness to longing, anxiety, and disappointment—the reactions are as varied as sexual experiences themselves. On one level, sex is just another hormone-driven bodily function designed to perpetuate the species.