Why Netflix is killing your sex drive—and what to do about it


Binge-watching Netflix leads to sexless marriage

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Instead of turning on our partners, we’re turning on Netflix and falling asleep to the sweet sounds of Dirty John or Ozark. One episode turns into two, and it’s a case of Netflix and passing out!

According to Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who appeared on the ABC’s Q&A talk show on March 4, Australia is gripped by a ‘Sex Famine’. He’s now making headlines around the country for calling us out on binge-watching. It seems we are a sexless nation who would rather watch another episode of Tidelands or Homeland than get jiggy with it.

What does a Rabbi know about sex?

But what would a Rabbi know about sex? Quite a lot apparently, he is the author of the Kosher Sutra: Eight Sacred Secrets for Reigniting Desire and Restoring Passion for Life; Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy, and believe it or not—he has written a book with former Baywatch Babe and Playboy model, Pamela Anderson Lust for Love: Rekindling Intimacy and Passion in Your Relationship.

He believes streaming TV series is a great way to fill the space to avoid talking about the passion missing from marriage.

Binge-watching is an escape from talking about intimacy

The Jewish leader told Q&A "What binge-watching does is, it almost saves your marriage – because we don't want to confront the loss of passion, to acknowledge it, so having this noise to fill the silence is a convenient escape from having to focus on the loss of intimacy."

So what does Boteach suggest to get your sexless marriage back on track? In an interview with CBS promoting his book the Kosher Sutra. Boteach suggested ways to rekindle passion and desire.

How to rekindle your passion and desire

“When something is forbidden and off limits it creates passion. Wives are not supposed to traipse around the bedroom completely naked. By doing that you demystify the body. A husband who disagrees with that sentiment are the same husbands who instead of fondling their wives assets are playing with the remote control.

“We treat sex as an itch that needs to be scratched. People treat it as a sedative. Women hate that. We’re supposed to build desire, but we don’t know how to do these things because today’s sex is about instant gratification.”

“Wives are way too inhibited or shy and Husbands never divulge their sexual fantasies Bringing out something in your spouse that they can’t resist makes you feel so in love.”

Hampers 4 Two top tip is to turn off that TV (actually remove it from the bedroom altogether) and explore our range of naughty gift ideas. Purchase an intimate couple’s hamper filled with a selection of premium goodies to ignite your partner’s desire. Who needs Netflix?


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