According to a study, newly-wedded men expressed surprise that sexual temptations continued to haunt them. They found it satanic, and beastly.
They reported feelings like they could not discuss sex with their friends and did not know how to comfortably broach the subject with their wives.
“Sexual purity and pledging abstinence are most commonly thought of as feminine, something girls and young women promise before marriage. But I wanted to look at this from the men’s point of view,” said Sarah Diefendorf, sociology graduate student at University of Washington.
Studying a group of 15 young men, Diefendorf learned that once married, they faced trouble with sexual temptations.
The newly-wed men talked about sex as both “sacred” – a gift from God meant for the marriage bed – and “beastly” if it occurs outside marriage.
They revealed they continue to think of sex in terms of control, and how the so-called beastly elements of sex – temptations by pornography and extramarital affairs – do not disappear with the transition to married life.
“Before you get married the biggest thing you struggle with, usually, is premarital sex,” one of the men told Diefendorf.
Diefendorf hopes that her study leads to more positive discussions of sex and how it is healthy, especially within the context of abstinence-only sex education.
She presented her findings at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco Aug 17.
Let’s face it. In the posters of his latest movie ‘Lingaa’, which will hit the box-office on December 12, his 64th birthday, superstar Rajinikanth doesn’t look a day over 40. But keeping the sexagenarian superstar—with his rapidly depleting hair and ivory stubble—looking wrinkle-free and 20 years younger on camera isn’t as easy as his customary flick of a stick of chewing gum.
It has taken years of strategic styling to create Rajinikanth’s on-screen persona, say make-up artists, producers and directors, who have helped keep an ageing star from losing his twinkle. They admit, though, that Rajinikanth does most of the heavy lifting himself.
For instance, say those who have worked with him for years, Rajinikanth was and still is, one of the only actors who is seen off screen without make-up. “He has never resorted to a nip, tuck or lift to appear younger. Many years ago, he was rumoured to have had a little lip correction, but that is all,” says a crew member of ‘Sivaji’.
People who have worked with him for years say that with Rajinikanth, styling was never a problem. “It was because of two things – his wonderful head of hair and dark complexion. Together they gave him a very stylish and youthful look on screen,” says make-up artist R Sundaramurti, who styled Rajinikanth in his debut film ‘Apoorva Ragangal’ (1975) and worked with him until ‘Chandramukhi’ (2005).
“He also believes a strict diet and meditation are enough to keep him looking and feeling young,” says Sundaramurti. Rajinikanth’s current make-up artist Bhanu Bashyam, who has worked with him for a decade, has been quoted as saying he has flawless skin.
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