Despite increased awareness of sexual diversity, older people's accounts of sex and intimacy remain marginalised.
This edited volume addresses diversity in sexual and intimate experience later in life (50+) and captures international research and analysis relating to intersectional identities. Contributors explore how being older intersects with differences of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.
Offering a critical focus and original contribution to an emerging, although still relatively neglected field, this collection extends knowledge concerning intimacies, practices and pleasures for those thought to represent normative, non-normative and 'new normative' forms of sexual identification and expression.
“This much-needed book offers multiple pathways to understanding the richness and diversity of the sexual and intimate lives of older people. It sets an agenda we can no longer ignore.” Jeffrey Weeks, author of Between Worlds (2021)
"Accepting as a given intimacy in later life, this exciting new text explores a diversity of experiences, spanning ethnicity, gender, class and sexuality, making it essential reading for all." Damien W. Riggs, Flinders University
Paul Simpson has lectured at several northwest universities, including the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester, and is currently an independent academic.
Paul Reynolds is Co-Convenor of the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics (INSEP) and Associate Lecturer with The Open University.
Trish Hafford-Letchfield is Professor of Social Work at the University of Strathclyde.
Series Editor Preface: Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Paul Reynolds and Paul Simpson
Introduction ~ Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Paul Reynolds and Paul Simpson
Sex and Diversity in Later Life: A Survey of the Terrain ~ Hafford-Letchfield, Reynolds and Simpson
Heterosexual Sex, Love and Intimacy in Later Life: What Have Older Women Got to Say? ~ Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Sex and Ageing/Older Heterosexual Men ~ Josie Tetley and David Lee
Sex and Ageing/Older Gay Men: An International Perspective ~ Peter Robinson
Sex and Ageing/Older Lesbian-Identified Women: Thinking the Unthinkable: Older Lesbians, Sex and Violence ~ Megan Todd
Older Trans and Bisexual People and Sex ~ Tarynn Witten
Aging Asexually: Exploring Desexualization and Aging Asexual Identities ~ Ela Pryzbylo
Sex and Ageing/Older People & Social Class ~ Paul Simpson
Sex, Intimacy and the Oldest Citizens and Towards the End of Life ~ TBC (Sue Woodward or Kathryn Almack) ** new chapter post peer-review)**
Sexual Expression and Pleasure Among Older Binary and Non-Binary African American Women ~ Debra Harley
Conclusion ~ Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Paul Reynolds and Paul Simpson