Registered in Ireland: Then Yvonne Carmichael jeopardised everything by having a torrid affair with a random stranger, ripping apart the cosy trajectory of her life. Midlife affairs are usually the reserve of testosterone-driven, crisis-ridden males — as if females have no such needs — or so the media world would have us believe. Apple Tree Yard, a dramatised version of a novel by Amanda Coe, challenges pre-conceived ideas about middle-age sex. Picture: Nick Briggs. The idea that our sexuality can be compartmentalised as non-existent, especially as we are living longer more vital lives, seems absurd.
The question is, why wouldn’t she?
Most Read in Life & Style
T he ups and downs of female sex drives are rarely discussed, nevermind celebrated by powerful figures. In just 24 hours, nearly women of all ages responded to our call. Others vehemently disagreed, insisting that their sex lives have only improved with age. Everyone was very, very forthcoming:. Women in their 70s Women in their 60s Women in their 50s Women in their 40s Women in their 30s. Zero interest in locating a sex partner is very liberating.
‘A 78-year-old patient said she was having a bit of trouble because her partner was on Viagra’
Does sexual freedom belong only to the young? About six years ago, Claire Dederer realized she had a problem. The problem had to do with sex. It had to do with desire. It assaulted her notions of what it meant to be a grown-up woman in the world and wanting to have romantic encounters with men who were not her husband. She loved her husband.
I wrote an article a while back and decided to be strategic to get noticed. For added punch, I included my age. Hah, I said, all the way to the bank. Kinsey proved that long before most of you were born. Do they think their parents found them under a cabbage leaf? Or do they think people revert to nuns and monks when they turn forty, all knowledge of sexual matters magically erased from their consciousness? I know there are some aging virgins out there. We are creatures programmed to procreate and ensure the survival of the species. They only way we can do that is by having sex. In fact, he or she has probably has had more sex, with more variety than you have had in your young, inexperienced life.