Sexuality, Sexual Health and Ageing (Rethinking Ageing) by Merryn Gott

By Merryn Gott

·What components underpin dominant understandings of later existence sexuality? · How do older humans adventure and prioritise sexuality and sexual overall healthiness? ·What sexual future health matters are appropriate to older humans and the way are those addressed by means of overall healthiness care execs? this is often the 1st booklet to combine theoretical insights into sexuality, sexual future health and growing older, with study findings from reports performed with older humans and the pros that paintings with them. The booklet is divided into 3 sections. within the first part stereotypes that typify modern understandings of sexuality and aging are explored, really the ‘myth of asexual previous age’ and the more moderen stereotype of the ‘sexy oldie’. part identifies what we really find out about growing old and sexuality through reviewing present literature, in addition to providing findings from one of many first qualitative reports to discover sexuality from the point of view of older humans themselves. the ultimate component to the publication explores what ‘sexual wellbeing and fitness’ ability in the context of growing old and specializes in matters correct to well-being execs operating with older humans. Sexuality, Sexual future health and getting old offers key analyzing for college students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers operating inside of gerontology, sociology, psychology, social paintings, overall healthiness sciences, nursing and medication. This e-book is probably going to develop into crucial interpreting for all lecturers and execs operating with older humans or within the zone of sexual wellbeing and fitness.

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All of these are problems in meeting the ideal sexual end point, namely simultaneous orgasm during heterosexual intercourse (Hawkes 1996). In other words, if you do not desire intercourse, or cannot have intercourse satisfactorily (which includes having an orgasm), then you have a sexual ‘problem’. Whether you consider you have a sexual problem or not appears largely irrelevant. Against this background, it is unsurprising that older people are deemed ‘dysfunctional’. Increases in the incidence of erectile dysfunction and vaginal dryness with age can make sexual intercourse problematic for some and this is certainly stressed in the literature.

Shtml The underlying message, therefore, is that ‘normal ageing’ can, but need not, cause ‘sexual dysfunctions’ which are amenable to both medical classification and medical treatment. Ultimately, this ‘refashioning of sexual dysfunctions as age-related organic diseases, yet not necessarily organic consequences of aging, consigns us to always think of bodies as unfinished and puts all men and all women potentially at risk’ (Katz and Marshall 2003: 12–13). Any loss of sexual desire or sub-optimal performance of sexual intercourse at any age is BL2119 ch 02 25/11/2004 6:11 PM Page 37 The ‘sexy oldie’ 37 labelled ‘abnormal’ and ‘unhealthy’, to the extent that all adults are expected to be sexually active and, crucially, sexually fulfilled.

Within literature and myth, for example, representations of old women are almost universally negative, as ‘crone’, ‘hag’, or ‘witch’ (Rotosky and Brown Travis 2000). Comparative terms do not exist for older men. Overall, therefore, to maintain perceived ‘goodness’, social worth, social visibility and particularly sexuality, it is necessary to minimize the physical effects of ageing. Moreover, given these associations, so doing is presented not as a choice, but as a responsibility. As Greer argues: There is no point at which the middle-aged woman can make plain her opting out of certain kinds of social interaction.

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