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Single women in their 70s share their views on intimacy
Sex After Age 70 Is Increasing
Nothing unusual, you might think — but what if I tell you Shirley is 74? This is an age better suited to slippers than sex — or so society would have us believe. Her lust for life and high hopes for love is infectious and reflects a surprisingly common mindset among older women who discover they have a renewed interest in sexual intimacy later in life. Femail met three single seventysomethings who are in search of a loving and intimate relationship.
Horny old broads, dirty old men. These commonly used terms speak volumes about how society views older people who are interested in sex. Experts say such derogatory labels reflect a deep level of discomfort in our youth-oriented culture with the idea that seniors are sexually active.
Is sex for older adults just as common, and just as satisfying, as it is for younger adults? In the past, not much research in this area existed. People assumed that, as people got older, sex became a thing of the past.