As a culture, we have adopted a sort of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy about sexuality, which, of course, stifles dialogues about sexual health for almost everyone at any age. To complicate matters, we also place a high social premium on youthfulness. So naturally, conversations about sex and aging represent the paragon of taboo in this country.
At the BBC website last week, Emma Jones spent some time surveying what may be the last film taboo, sex scenes with old people.
That report is from a medical news website but, in complete irresponsibility, without an iota of research referenced.
Concerns about safety, and ageism, are needlessly denying elderly care home residents what is often one of their few remaining pleasures – the right to consensual sex – say specialists in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Wow. After the sexual politics of last week, is there anything more to say about contraception, abortion, women’s right to choose, perceptions of religious liberty and coerced female penetration – not to mention the widespread male anxiety about female sexuality that all this has made apparent?
Yes, indeed. I think we elders need to remind others what is at stake.