Does anyone have any good books on sexuality and aging? I am desperately looking for good books to refer to the wonderful older people I know. For some reason, america assumes that sex for people over 40 does not exist!
Seasons of the Heart (Zenith Henkin Gross; New World Library) is supposed to be very good. I haven't read it myself, but here's an excerpt from a review by David Smillie (I'd post the link, but the site it's on is 18+).
"Rather than simply collect the writings of seniors involved in sex, Gross has gone out to interview them, talking to them not only about "doing it" but about the emotional and physical challenges they face. She's pushed them for more than just sex tales. Things like the prejudice they face from family and friends (and society in general). And she synthesizes all that information into a book that's informative, well-read and thought-provoking. [snip]
"Seasons deals with intimacy ... emotional as well as physical. It's as much about love as sex, and relationships with family and friends as relationships with a sexy swinging senior. It's an excellent book, not only for older readers, but perhaps also for middle-aged readers who may have parents approaching these issues."
My friend Susan from Profa suggested a bunch of books, most of which, unfortunately aren't available in english, from what amazon tells me.
Eileen Simpson - Late Love : The Joys of Marriage After Fifty (available in the US)
Irene Kummer - In the middle of my life (not available)
Oswald Kolle (the grand old man of german sex research) - Love doesn't age (not available)
Susan's currently checking for more recommendations (someone messed up the centre's wee little library and we were short on time today), and I'd be glad to pass them on. She wondered though, who exactly the book is for, there ae apparently vast differences in books aimed at different age groups (i.e over 40's, over 60's and the like), orientations and genders. Let me know, and I'll see whether I can be a wee bit more helpful than this.
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