Could it be PTSD?
But not the kind you’re thinking of. If you haven’t been in the mood since, oh, early November 2016, you may be suffering from PostTrump Sex Disorder. It’s a sudden and swift aversion to sex caused by the anger, fear and confusion you’re absorbing from the current political climate. ‘All this talk about alternative facts and fake news makes us distrust everything: news, politics and maybe even the person you’re having sex with,’ says sex therapist Susan Block. That’s a legit passion destroyer, even if you and your partner are on the same political page.
Women, in particular, have been hit hard by PTSD – even those living outside of the US. Says Block: ‘ When the misogynistic comments were not just ignored but rewarded with the [ US] presidency, it certainly made a lot of us feel horrible.’
How to overcome this aff liction? Right before bedtime with your S.O., avoid reading the news or checking your social feeds, and instead, focus on creating intimacy. Also, find likeminded friends and outlets where you feel heard. ‘Protests are powerful, and can be an aphrodisiac,’ says Block. Here in Australia you can empower yourself by attending any of numerous women’s rights ra llies. Keep calm and march on with your bae… right into the sack.