Journal article

Sex, desire and pleasure: considering the experiences of older Australian women.

B Fileborn, Rachel Thorpe, Gail Hawkes, VIctor Minichiello, Marian Pitts, Tinashe Dune, Walter Bouman (ed.), Peggy Kleinplatz (ed.)

Sexual and Relationship Therapy | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2015


Older age is often associated with asexuality. That is, older individuals are not viewed as desiring of sex, nor as sexually desirable to others. Broader social and cultural norms that downplay women's sexual desire and agency further compound these phenomena. Whether this popular image accurately reflects older women's sexual desires, behaviour and capacity to experience pleasure is unclear. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with 43 partnered Australian women aged 55–81, this article considers women's sexual experiences and desires in older age. The findings of our research confirm that older women's experiences of sex and sexual desire are diverse and fluid. Some of the factors that in..

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