Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women over Sixty [NOOK Book]

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"An informed, honest, joyous book. Younger women may well envy us." -Suzanne Braun Levine, author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives and

"Sex, love, and life can grow even richer as we grow older, and the stereotype-busting women in this book show us scores of ways. These women are not going downhill, they're on a roll. They are women of juice and wisdom-and living proof ...
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Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women over Sixty

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Overview

"An informed, honest, joyous book. Younger women may well envy us." -Suzanne Braun Levine, author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives and

"Sex, love, and life can grow even richer as we grow older, and the stereotype-busting women in this book show us scores of ways. These women are not going downhill, they're on a roll. They are women of juice and wisdom-and living proof that the best is yet to come."- Gina Ogden, PhD, author of Women Who Love Sex, The Heart and Soul of Sex, and The Return of Desire

When Deirdre Fishel and Diana Holtzberg began work on their documentary Still Doing It, they knew they were catching a wave.

The women of the baby-boom generation who had been so outspoken about sexuality and freedom were about to turn sixty, yet no one was talking about the revolution in aging. Nor was anyone letting on about the big dark secret that women born before the boomers, even way before, were a hell of a lot more vital than the images we were getting, and many were still having sex-and loving it! In Still Doing It, Fishel, Holtzberg, and the incredible women in their documentary broke the silence.

Now they are back, with a stimulating and eye-opening book that offers a deeper look at women who break every stereotype we have about sex and intimacy. These women are dynamic, confident, opinionated, and wise. They're also having the kind of intense sexual experiences and fantasies we never associate with grandmothers. You'll meet Betty, who met her live-in boyfriend in an online chat room when she was sixty-nine and he was twenty-two; Joani, age seventy, who shares her boyfriend with another woman; and Frances, who encountered the intellectual and sexual love of her life at eighty.

Today's women are living longer, healthier lives, and their appetite for sex and adventure isn't fading. Aware of their mortality, they understand just how precious life really is, and are willing to take risks to go after what they want. Challenging stereotypes about older women, Still Doing It lets everyone know that sex and adventure do not need to end when you hit sixty (or seventy . . . or ninety!). In fact, the good stuff is often just beginning.


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What People Are Saying

Suzanne Braun Levine
The truth about older women is that we love the stage of life we are in, and we are actively exploring new frontiers of experience. That includes sex. Until now, though, our doctors, our children, even some of our friends, and certainly the rest of society couldn't imagine us enjoying ourselves in bed. No more. Thank you, Deirdre Fishel and Diana Holtzberg for getting the conversation going and setting an informed, honest, joyous tone. Younger women may well envy us. (Suzanne Braun Levine, author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood and Fifty is the New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons from Second Adulthood)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440639777
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 183 KB

Meet the Author

Deirdre Fishel is an award-winning writer and director of documentaries and dramas, most centering on women's lives. Her films have been screened in festivals around the United States and Europe, and have been broadcast on more than thirty television channels worldwide. She teaches at the New School in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with her daughters, Lucia and Maeve.Diana Holtzberg is a vice president of Films Transit International, a worldwide documentary sales company representing films that have won Emmys, Peabodys, and Oscar nominations. She also executive produces many highly acclaimed documentaries. Holtzberg, who began her career at Spin, Inc,. and Details, is a coauthor of three widely read documentary industry articles and the credited ghostwriter of The Warrior Diet. She lives in Manhattan.
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Table of Contents

Introduction by Deirdre Fishel xi

Introduction by Diana Holtzberg xv

1 Hitting Sixty with a Boom: The New Old Age 1

2 Going Strong: Romance Throughout Life 23

3 The Partner Gap 49

4 Older and Wilder: Nontraditional Relationships 67

5 Taking Your Sweet Time: Sex as We Age 85

6 Party of One: Solo Sensuality 103

7 Bodies Built to Last: Our Bodies Over Time 119

8 Dealing with Loss: The Journey Continues 139

9 Aging, the Great Adventure 159

Notes 179

Index 181

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