While many women in their 50s and up say they feel more sexually liberated than they did in their 20s — finally released from the worry of getting pregnant, and more comfortable with their bodies — they are frequently tumbling into bed with men who suffer from erectile dysfunction."I hear this from a lot of my girlfriends, and it's depressing," writer Kerri Sackville said."Finally, [they think] 'I'm going to have great sex', and it's not working, and there's nothing you can do about it."No wonder filmmakers and TV show creators have come running.But we also appear to be experiencing a perfect storm of sorts, with more prominent older actresses and journalists now happy to put their face to the taboo issue of older sexuality, and a backlash against media companies who are prejudiced against these stories.It was only last year that Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 56, Patricia Arquette, 49, and Tina Fey, 47, signed up to appear in Last F***able Day.Prior to that, Amy Schumer, who wrote the skit, tried in vain for three years to find a woman willing to be in it.
There might also be a growing awareness among writers and filmmakers that older people's relationships are inherently more complicated — and therefore "juicier" — says Professor Whelehan, because their love lives frequently involve more family members."A friend of mine who's about my age said she had to have an embarrassing conversation with her quite-old mother about safe sex," she says.
It follows numerous recent articles examining the experiences — and cultural significance — of older women, including from Australia's Jane Caro and journalists from the New York Times.