Ageism and sexuality

Gerwitz-Meydan, Ateret, Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0105-0678, Benyamini, Yael, Phelan, Amanda, Jackson, Jeane and Ayalon, Liat (2018) Ageism and sexuality. In: Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism. Ayalon, Liat and Tesch-Römer, Clemens, eds. International Perspectives on Aging, 19 . Springer International, New York, pp. 149-162. ISBN 9783319738192

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Abstract

Sexuality remains important throughout a person’s life, but sexual behavior does not receive the same levels of acceptance at all ages. Older people are challenged by ageist attitudes and perceptions that hinder their sexual expression. They are stereotyped as non-sexual beings who should not, cannot, and do not want to have sexual relationships. Expressing sexuality or engaging in sexual activity in later life is considered by many in society as immoral or perverted. False expectations for older people also stem from ideals of beauty, centralization of the biomedical perspective on sexuality of older adults, and the association of sex with reproduction. Unfortunately, older people internalize many ageist attitudes towards sexuality in later life and become less interested in sex and less sexually active. The following chapter explores attitudes towards sexuality in later life among the media, young people, older people themselves, and care providers. In order to enable older people to express their sexuality and sexual identity freely and fully, awareness of ageist perceptions must be raised and defeated.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): Ageing; Sexuality; Gerontology; Sexual identity;
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 24307
Notes on copyright: © The Author(s) 2018 .This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
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Depositing User: Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 10:23
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2019 02:07
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/24307

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