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Relationships and Age

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Plenty of surveys have explored the sex lives of younger Americans, but a recent study measures the sexual activity of older adults (age 57-85) for the first time. Edward Laumann, professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, researcher, talks about latest findings (read the abstract) from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.

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Comments [20]

Sabrina from Manhattan

What!!! This was one of the most disappointing segments you have done. Not up to your standards.

I thought this was to be a conversation about sexual activity of older adults. So I expected it to be about the majority of older adults; instead you were obsessed with same sex activity of a small percentage of older adults. What's that about! Also you talked about attitudes, e.g., how many think sex is important. That's not activity!!! Also, you talked about generational attitudes. From the get-go, you were off-topic. I'd like to have you do a real exploration of the sexual activity of the majority of older adults, do they have sex, what kind of sex, what challenges they face, how they deal with these challenges. And what's with this guy's own attitudes towards sex; he talked about older adults doing "it" -- it??? like he means intercourse, or sex or oral sex or what is this "it". How old is that guy?

Dec. 22 2009 07:00 PM
john from office

No just tired of this issue and it being forced upon us constantly.

Dec. 22 2009 01:22 PM
anonyme

John Would you call yourself homophobic or just hateful? Someone at a dinner very recently said, "What is in it for me in this country? I can contribute to society but I can't serve in the military and I can't get married? What am I, not a person?" John - this is a civil right for anybody, whether or not you are homophobic - make room, this is a new century getting older every day.

Dec. 22 2009 12:56 PM
m. from inwood

HELLO!!!?? How about the advent of effective birth control having to do with changing attitudes among baby boomers??? Clearly, this is a conversation among two men, neither of whom ever worried about pregnancy.

Dec. 22 2009 11:49 AM
john from office

One wonders how the AIDS epidemic affected certain cohorts of men who admit to having had sex with other men. Men who were in their 30s in the early 1980s would be in their 60s today.

Dec. 22 2009 11:44 AM
john from office

Brian, don't forget to bring up same sex marriage. Oh sorry marriage equality

Dec. 22 2009 11:44 AM
Ed from East Village

Why do we have to keep mentioning a subject that drives John from Office crazy?

Dec. 22 2009 11:44 AM
more heteral studying from

funny and interesting comments!

Dec. 22 2009 11:43 AM
Alice in Manhattan from Manhattan

I find it great news that 75% of men and 48% of women over 75 say sex is very important to them. The glass is half full!

Dec. 22 2009 11:43 AM
john from office

Why is this a study on homosexual activity. What happened to heteralsexual americans. Are they out there??

Dec. 22 2009 11:40 AM
john from office

Brian, always pushing the gay agenda.

Dec. 22 2009 11:36 AM
Mary from South Salem, NY

Goodness, this guest's voice and demeanor really puts me in the mood.....

(Not)

Dec. 22 2009 11:36 AM
john from office

Why are you making a big deal of the same sex issue. Why are you constantly selling the smae sex issue. What about talking about the majority. Keep pushing the gay agenda, making people more and more angry.

Dec. 22 2009 11:34 AM
Madeleine from Manhattan

Why the interest in older people having same-sex partners? You think "Gaydom" hasn't been around that long??

Dec. 22 2009 11:33 AM
yvette from Barcelona

...OLE!!

(Older Lovers' Emancipation)

Dec. 22 2009 11:21 AM
yvette from Barcelona

...and...I know how to sew on buttons too...

Dec. 22 2009 11:06 AM
yvette from Barcelona

The largest gap in all of the results in the NY Times study is the fact that women in the youngest of the 57+ group need to be in love with someone in order to have sex. What does this say about both genders? That particular statistic seems to render a number of the other statistics questionable (first segment about fidelity)?

Dec. 22 2009 11:01 AM
yvette from Barcelona

I always wonder why there are two separate bathtubs in the Erectile Disfuntion advertisements...unless its to retreat after the "4 hour warning"....?!

Seriously, as a younger female counterpart of the 57+ male partners I definitely have to admit that despite the extended...action that comes with Viagra, the 57- experience minus that little blue pill is definitely the better of the two. I do think that men have become too cocky (!) about their studdiness....Its not all about duration!

And as that younger female counterpart I am really getting tired of having to bolster that older men's ego by making him believe he's still a stud when in reality he's not.

(Of course we dont use Viagra in Barcelona!)

(I always think that older men may have replaced us with younger women, but we have replaced them with rabbits!)

Dec. 22 2009 10:11 AM
asdf

2.1 percent of women ages 65 to 74 have MORE THAN 2 LIFETIME female sex partners?

Can we start the segment with this please?

Dec. 22 2009 10:00 AM
smidely

ah yes, waiting to order those plain brown packages and inviting the neighbors once the grandkids are grown...

Dec. 22 2009 08:57 AM

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