(Midlife) Sex and the City

The women (and men) of Sex and the City are now in their 40s and 50s, but does sex end there? Nope, it just transitions to the big screen! At least in the case of the TV turned movie hit. Jocelyn Novek, in writing for the AP, alludes to how sex changes for women and men as they age, as well as the determination of the Sex and the City producers and actors to embrace these changes.

In real life, human sexuality doesn’t end in one’s 40s or 50s either. Yes, sex may take on new meanings and be expressed in different ways than when one was younger. Granted, I’m not there myself, but I know at least a little bit about sex at midlife and beyond thanks not only to research (see here for results from a recent AARP survey, which looked at sex among those 45 and older) as well as from talking to and interviewing and working with individuals and couples who are in their 40s, 50s and beyond. And it absolultely continues to inspire, engage, interest and enrich me to learn about and help people to enhance their most intimate lives. Though it also makes me laugh to think that my college-aged students, who often say they can’t imagine thinking about people of their parents’ age having sex, are still enraptured with Sex and the City (who are actually the ages of some of their parents).

 

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.