Performance anxiety: Now the ladies have it too

U.K. women report pressure to "deliver fantastic sex."

By Lynn Harris
Published December 7, 2005 10:27PM (EST)

From the Independent: "Sex therapists and doctors are reporting the first cases of young women seeking help for 'performance anxiety' -- a syndrome normally associated with men.

"Clinics say that the increasing expectation that women should be as experienced as men, coupled with society's obsession with body image, are to blame for female patients reporting they are unable to make love because they feel under pressure to deliver 'fantastic sex.'"

Said pressure is understandable, to be sure. But in other news, doctors are also reporting the first cases of sex therapists seeking help for 'syndrome anxiety,' saying they feel under pressure to call every freaking thing a "syndrome."

Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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