Can cutesy pet names ruin your sex life?

News of Note: Sweetie turns sour - NYTimes.com Using a cutesy pet name or baby talk with your partner can cause sex life to dwindle  According to self-help authors Maggie Arana and Julienne Davis, "Calling your partner honey is the first step down the slippery slope toward a bland or nonexistent sexual relationship." And it's not just "honey." Any endearing nickname -- "sweetie," "darling," "pookie," "pumpkin" and Jerry Seinfeld's gag-reflexive "schmoopie" -- they say, will open the "Pandora's Box of non-sexuality," which also contains other bad habits of over-familiarity that, over time, can turn lovers into roommates... "Names have a very deep ...

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