Ageism and sexuality

dc.contributor.authorGewirtz-Meydan, Ateret
dc.contributor.authorHafford-Letchfield, Trish
dc.contributor.authorBenyamini, Yael
dc.contributor.authorPhelan, Amanda
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Jeanne
dc.contributor.authorAyalon, Liat
dc.contributor.editorAyalon, Liat
dc.contributor.editorTesch-Römer, Clemens
dc.description.abstractSexuality 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.en
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dc.identifier.citationGewirtz-Meydan, A., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Benyamini, Y., Phelan, A., Jackson, J. and Ayalon, L. (2018) 'Ageism and Sexuality', in Ayalon, L. & Tesch-Römer, C. (eds.) Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism. Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 149-162. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-73820-8_10en
dc.publisherSpringer International Publishing AG.en
dc.relation.ispartofContemporary Perspectives on Ageism
dc.relation.ispartofseriesInternational Perspectives on Aging, vol 19.
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dc.subjectOlder peopleen
dc.subjectSexual expressionen
dc.titleAgeism and sexualityen
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