Is your partner a man-child? No wonder you don’t feel like sex

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  •  The man-child is real. The man-child phenomenon (or perceiving a partner as dependent, as we call it) describes the blurring of roles between a partner and a child.
  • When a partner starts to feel like they have a dependent child, it’s not surprising if that affects a woman’s sexual desire for him.
  • Women might be less likely to experience their partners as dependents and feel more sexual desire for them.


A man sits on the couch, watching TV. His partner, a woman, prepares dinner, while mentally ticking off her to-do list. That includes returning her partner’s shirts she’d ordered online for him last week, and booking a GP appointment for their youngest child.

He walks in and asks her “what’s for dinner?”, then goes back to the TV.

Later that night, he’s surprised she’s not interested in sex.

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