According to US ‘sexpert’ Joan Price “there’s no expiration date on sex”.
The 72-year-old blogger and writer enjoys talking about “embracing and celebrating sexuality”, and wants to inspire older adults who “may be giving up on sex because the old ways don’t work the way they used to”.
In her book Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex, Ms Price challenges the notion that sexual activity becomes taboo as people age.
“Our culture’s idea that only young, unwrinkled hard bodies are objects of sexual desire is not true,” she said.
Ms Price believes that many older people just need a slight “attitude adjustment”, and to believe that they are indeed worthy of finding a sexual partner if that’s what they desire.
“We have internalised so many of the stereotypes – `oh he is not going to want me’ – about all of us who are single now either through death of a partner or some other reason,” she said. “We need to empower ourselves to go after whatever it is we are looking for – whether it is friends with benefits, a long-term committed relationship, a new love, lots of people to date, no-strings sex – any of these might be what we are looking for and we are all different.”
She also feels that many older people could better utilise modern technology, such as online dating services and apps, otherwise “we will probably stay home and eat ice-cream”.
So, what makes Ms Price such an expert on senior sex?
“The whole reason I got into this profession talking and writing about older-age sexuality is that at age 57 I met and fell in love with a man who was 64. We had the most delicious, hot sexy relationship and I thought at the time, why is this such a well-kept secret?
“Why isn’t everybody talking about how great sex can be at our age?” she continued. “Was it the same as young people sex? No, but in many ways it was better.”
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