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It’s all over the news and I still can’t believe it. What am I talking about? Michael Gove’s wife Sarah Vine, a well-known journalist, hails separate bedrooms as key to a happy marriage. Oh, and for those of you who don’t know him, Michael Gove happens to be this country’s Justice Secretary. What can I say? It’s a small world. The article can be found here if you don’t believe me: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3361842/SARAH-VINE-Sorry-chaps-women-love-sleep-FAR-sex.html

As you will see, I didn’t invent  anything, and the title of her piece is really ‘ Sorry CHAPS but women love sleep far more than sex !’ Wow! And it was in the front page -no less.

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This column is wrong on so many levels that I don’t know where to start. First of all, how very un-French! Would you put on the cover of a national newspaper that you don’t like sleeping in the marital bed? Seriously? In France, this is something you might share with your best friend one evening after one-too-many glasses but that’s as far as it goes. You wouldn’t tell anyone. At least not until after the divorce. And what does she want? A new bed or divorce papers to be served? I don’t understand. What is her point? Is there one?

What lack of class! Do we really want to know what is going on in her bed? I certainly don’t! Some things are best kept private, if you ask me. I wonder what Michael Gove thinks of his wife’s column. I wouldn’t like to see my private life splashed all over the press. How lovely. And just imagine the conversation in the evening. ‘So, Darling, I have read that you don’t like sex. What did I do wrong?’ ‘Oh nothing, don’t worry, it’s just me’ ‘Really?”Yes, really. But please not tonight, Dear, I am shattered’ ‘Yes, I know. So does this country.’.

And what is it with some women thinking that they can speak for the rest of us? I hate sweeping statements such as Sarah Vine’s. If she does not want/isn’t getting any action, well, tough luck! It’s not my fault. Sarah Vine must understand that some of us don’t share her views. Yes, even after 40. In fact, at any age. So can she shut up, and maybe work on her sex drive without the rest of the world knowing about it? She can thank me later, once she knows what she is missing. If she ever does, that is. Because let’s face it: anyone who praises the Victorians’ way of dealing with relationships need to remember that they also thought flirtation could lead to diseases, and dancing or horse trotting could be used to thwart pregnancy. Not very enticing or empowering for women. Just saying. But hey, IMHO she needs to keep trying. No need to become bitter.

On the bright side, from now on we can stop pretending that we have a migraine when we are not in the mood and just say ‘Sorry Darling, I am doing a Sarah Vine’. He should understand. The whole of this country certainly gets it now.

So Sarah, next time, how about a little chat with your hubby without the rest of the world knowing about it? Because it was an unwelcome insight in your private life (can you hear the British understatement here?).

 

  • I will read the Daily Mail piece in a second. However, I can guarantee you that many clinicians advocate this policy- when one of the spouses is afflicted with sleep apnea. (I always wonder what will be the feeling of the spouse should the apneic succumb in the night…)