Sex after 60? You've got to be joking! Senior sexuality in comedy film

Gatling, Margaret, Mills, Jane, and Lindsay, David (2017) Sex after 60? You've got to be joking! Senior sexuality in comedy film. Journal of Aging Studies, 40. pp. 23-28.

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Abstract

Representations of the sexuality of older people have been largely absent in mainstream films until recent times. Cinema as an art form has historically denied or ignored the fact that humans are sexual beings their whole lives. In this paper critical discourse analysis is used to examine four comedy films released between 1993 and 2012 that tackle the subject of ‘senior sexuality’. All four films are explicit in representing older people as sexual beings but, unlike films about young people's sexual activity, the details of sexual encounters are left to viewers' imaginations. Two of the films challenge the notion of a heteronormative old age.

Item ID: 47668
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-193X
Keywords: senior sexuality; heteronormativity; comedy film; stereotyping; critical discourse analysis; ageism
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 05:31
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 20%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality @ 60%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education @ 20%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 20%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 20%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media @ 60%
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