About the project

Welcome to the blog about Sexual Well-Being and Ageing: A study into older Australian women, an ARC funded project lead by Associate Professor Gail Hawkes and Professor Victor Minichiello from The University of New England, and Professor Marian Pitts from the ARCSHS, La Trobe University.

This space is to facilitate discussion around the key themes of the project. The discussion will contribute to our  understanding of the complex relationships between ageism, sexism and sexual subjectivity, and to develop a conceptual framework that advances our understanding of sex and sexuality in older women.

This is the first study of the sexuality of older women to focus on a significant group of women now entering old age: the women who demanded freedom of sexual expression in the swinging sixties. This is a unique historic opportunity to explore the subjective world of the first generation of post-sexual liberation women growing old sexually.

Here’s how to contribute:

  • A new discussion will be posted each month (details below) on the discussion page. Please feel free to contribute to any or all of these discussions — make as many comments as you want. Each discussion topic will be closed after one month. To write a comment, select a category from the list on the right of the page. To bring up a comment box, click on the category heading on the main page.
  • Please note! Your first comment will be approved by the blog administrator before it posted onto the site. Once approved, your subsequent postings to the forum will be automatic.
Date Topic Comments close
17 Dec 2012 Images/birthday cards 13 Jan 2013
14 Jan 2013 Negative Social Attitudes towards Ageing 10 Feb 2013
11 Feb 2013 Older Bodies and Feelings 24 Feb 2013
11 March 2013 Sex, Pleasure and Ageing 8 April 2013

In short:
Link to the blog facility clicking on one of the recent posts (discussion thread) from the list on the right-hand side of this page. Then leave a reply in the comments box then click ‘post comment’.