Assignment 2 - Sexuality and the Elderly - Christian...

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Christian GabrielCHFD220 B011 Spr. 16Prof. LewisApril 17, 2016Pop Culture’s Perception of Sexuality and AgingThe popular culture perceives sexuality among the elderly people as if it doesn’t exist or that the elderly are not as interested as they were in their younger years. The younger generations don’t even want to think about it because of the possible visualization may shock them and they find it disgusting. I’m sure I’m not the only one as a kid that I foundadult expressing their intimacy with each other gross. But as I grew, I found that expressing your feelings just shows love and care for that person. Sexuality among the elderly does exist, and from articles that I’ve read to include our reading material, studies show that people in there 70’s and 80’s remain sexually active (Greenberg, Bruess, Oswalt, 2013). There are some sexual problems that increase and sexual activity rate goesdown a bit but it doesn’t put a complete stop just because of aging. The desire and interest remains high. It may not be appealing to younger people but they will find that it’s a natural change once they reach that age. The cartoon image I chose was found under Google image search, “sexuality within elderly people.” The image shows not only how popular culture view elderly people but also their lack of sexuality. The message being sent by the cartoon is that older women nolonger look sexy and that older men don’t view them the same way as they used to when they were younger. It shows that the elderly don’t have the sexual desires and are not

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