Is That You, Grandma? Welcome to the Elder Porn Industry.

I’ve posted about how sex can get better with age, but when I stumbled across Time magazine talking about the elder porn industry, I literally went “what?” out loud. While I’m a sex educator and consider myself to be fairly open minded, I wasn’t at all familiar with what Time labels “Japan’s booming sex niche: elder porn”. At first I thought that maybe they were going along with the Hollywood idea of “elder” and maybe it was pornography that included women into their 40s (in Hollywood, I feel like that’s considered old now). However, I was entirely off base. The article talks to individual who is in his 70s, and has made over 350 adult films.

Image courtesy of Time Magazine

On one hand, I follow that there is something in porn for everyone out there from pictures featuring attractive women popping balloons to porn movies involving clowns. Having something for everyone is a benefit of technology and a booming adult industry (this could be a whole other post), and I actually see this booming elder porn industry as a positive thing. I like seeing people look how they should – less Botox, less overly done up perfected versions of themselves. However, I know that not everyone agrees with that opinion, and I have a friend who loves Botox (she does actually get it for her migraine headaches but a smoother forehead is a happy side effect for her).

I used to fall into the idea that at a certain age, you just stop having sex and also cease to be a sexual being. I don’t really want to think of my grandparents having sex, but the idea that even at 70, a person can be sexual is a happy thought for me and reassuring. Sex is an important part of life for so many people and has tons of benefits, so why would we want to stop being sexual just because we’re getting up there in age? Sex changes throughout ones lifespan, so while people over the age of 60 may report having a very healthy and fulfilling sex life, they may not engage in sex at the same rate or type as when they were, say, 25. I actually have some friends in their 40s and 50s who have sex more often than my friends in their 20s (and the friends in their 40s and 50s tend to report being happier with their sex lives). Now, that’s purely anecdotal. How do you feel about the idea of pornography featuring someone in their 70s?

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.

  • http://askgarnet.com Garnet Joyce

    I think it’s great and I’m curious to see how it differs from not only our stereotypical mainstream porn, but also how it differs from other Japanese porn with younger folks. Is it a slower pace? Is there more focus on certain activities? etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1173150957 Holly Moyseenko Kossover

    I need to get my hands on it as I’m curious as to what it’s like.

  • JustSomeGuy

    I haven’t seen this old person with old person porn in the U.S.

    I have seen a few preview video samples of younger man with a 50 / 60 year old women who was attractive.

    What I did notice a few years ago was this explosion of video preview samples of ‘really old man having sex with a barely legal porno newbie’ websites. (aka. Beauty and the Senior.) And it is almost never an old man who took really good care of himself. Instead, it is almost always the ugliest, flabbiest, oxygen tank needing grandpa that they can find. I think that they do this on purpose to magnify grandpa’s advance age vs. her youth.

    Shame on 57 year old Ron Jeremy for being the fattest one of them all and then crawling all over the newest porn girl on the block. Is he going to be inflicting himself on young starlets until he is 80?