No sex please, we’re British. Well, it was never going to be easy to accommodate those hordes of rampant wrinklies, chomping at the bit to learn all about sex for the over-60s, dear.
As it turned out, Portsmouth City Council’s Generation Sex workshop for the over-60s only had five people booked on it – and that included me. So it was cancelled.
Still, in the 21st century sex is such a taboo subject, especially for us mature mob.
What! People over 60 actually do ‘it’? Well I never.
National newspapers, TV chat shows, even Jonathan Ross had a field day, slagging off Portsmouth’s sexual health team and their rather courageous and innovative idea.
It even tickled my ‘g’ spot (giggle) when I read the stories. But, when I stopped to think about it, I realised a lot of us are missing the point.
Because there is a genuine need for sex information to filter down to the Golden Oldies.
If you’re young, or in a relationship, you’ve never experienced the challenges of dating, with possibly a bit of mattress mambo, in your later years.
It’s not about ‘oh it’s like riding a bike, you never forget’.It’s about coming out of a long-term relationship with a lack of confidence. Also, the sexually-transmitted disease chlamydia is on the up in the over-50s.
After 24 years of marriage, at 50 years old, I found myself single.
Luckily for me, I had lots of girliepals to ask about dating and protection. Many over-60s haven’t.
At the Ella Gordon Unit at St Mary’s hospital, they put me on the Pill. Blimey. And asked what flavour condoms I’d like.
What? The old man had had ‘the snip’ 10 years previous, so I’d never seen a condom, let alone worried about the flavour.
The Generation Sex workshop was a lot more than advertised. Plenty of information and speakers to bring the subject out in the open.
Because everyone would like someone to love, maybe with a bit of ‘lovin’ thrown in – even the over-60s, darling.