August 22, 2007

American Prudes

I was reading the news on-line today and I found this article on sex and seniors. I was kind of surprised when I read they thought senior was age 57. That made me do a big *blink* as that’s only 15 years away. I figured senior was 70s.

Anyway, why are people surprised or repulsed that seniors have sex? What is up with that? Why would they not?

Why would they not enjoy it as much as some 18 year old kid? I would think they’d enjoy it more… the old ‘practice makes perfect’ adage. I’d think that a couple that had been married for a significant length of time would have one helluva sex life, barring health issues, because both knows what the other actually likes and what buttons to push… or not. Plus, nobody is going to get pregnant!

I don’t get the whole ‘sex must be for the beautiful young people thing’. As we age, sure we appreciate the bodies of someone more youthful, but I think with aging comes an equal appreciation for what we are becoming, growing to be, as well as that of the opposite sex.

My grandmother was widowed very young, early 50s, and never remarried. But my other grandparents, I know they didn’t have sex. Don’t ask me why, I just know, but I always thought it was kind of sad. I will say, right before I got married Granny told me, as I sat next to her on her bed, “Never say No”. I will admit that made me do the big *blink*. But I also know that she said it as a marriage tip, or what she thought was a good one… grandmother to granddaughter. But the point was taken… although not the way she intended. I suspect she was saying, “It’s your womanly/wifely obligation”. The point to me was, “Sex is important in a marriage.”

And it is. Very. It can be in the worst times, the glue that holds it together and in the best times, the icing on the cake.

So why people would be shocked or repulsed that seniors are getting it on is beyond me. Good Grief. I’m all for it! I sure as hell hope I’m healthy enough when I’m a senior… and I don’t mean frickin’ 57. That to me is a GIVEN.

I mean 80s. Hell yeah.

Posted by Boudicca at August 22, 2007 08:01 PM | TrackBack

Oh crap... this means I'll be old in 8 years!!! Now what? Will this mean I have to move into a nursing home??? ARG!!!

Posted by: Teresa at August 22, 2007 09:28 PM

Well according to American thought, you're sure as hell not supposed to have sex! Celibate and in a nursing home at 57. What a great life to look forward to. just shoot me...

Posted by: Bou at August 22, 2007 09:34 PM

bou, the desires do not wane as we age...

sometimes we older folks are like nike and just do it...

of course if a senior like me who is single it's kinda hard to find a willing partner to keep the urge from waning to zero...

Posted by: jerry at August 22, 2007 10:34 PM

Jerry- Exactly. I just don't see why desires would wane. I don't know why that people would EXPECT it to. I find that notion ridiculous.

Posted by: Bou at August 23, 2007 06:02 AM

Crap! Jimbo and I are both 60. We're the Elderly Brothers, not the Senior Brothers.

Posted by: Denny at August 24, 2007 10:14 PM