On Tuesday’s “Early Show,” experts sparred over a recent French ruling that ordered a woman’s ex-husband to pay her $14,000 in damages because he didn’t have enough sex with her during their 21-year marriage.
The judge cited article 215 of France’s civil code, which requires married couples to share a “communal life.”
Cosmopolitan executive editor Nicole Beland was appalled: “I think it’s obnoxious, it’s insane. Getting married does not guarantee that you’re going to have sex on tap for the rest of your life,” she said on the show. “If your partner does not want to have sex, you have to get to the root of the problem.”
But Matt Titus, author of "Why Hasn’t He Called?" firmly disagreed: “Eighty percent of the time, you should acquiesce to your partner’s request for sex, whether you want to or not.” To Beland, he added, “I’m so happy that I’m not married to you.”
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