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Sex, desire and pleasure: considering the experiences of older Australian women Sex, desire and pleasure: considering the experiences of older A u stralian

ByAustralian women Bianca Fileborn, Rachel Thorpe, Gail Hawkes, Victor Minichiello, Marian Pitts and Tinashe Dune

Older women’s embodied experiences of sexuality are considerably under-explored in

existing research. This can be attributed, in part, to the association between ageing and

asexuality. In Western cultures, older individuals are often seen as sexually undesirable

or as not desiring sexual activity (Dixon, 2012; Drummond et al., 2013; Hinchliff & Gott,

2008; Hurd Clarke & Korotchenko, 2011; Sandberg, 2013a). A considerable body of

research has discredited this popular assumption. It is well established that many individ-

uals desire sexual intimacy and continue to engage in various forms of sexual activity

throughout their later years (Gray & Garcia, 2012; Hinchliff, Gott, & Ingelton, 2010;

Hurd Clarke & Korotchenko, 2011; Kleinplatz, Menard, Paradis, Campbell, & Dalgleish, 2013; Lindau et al., 2007; Minichiello, Plummer, & Loxton, 2004; Schick et al., 2010).