Sexual expression and pleasure of black minority ethnic (BME) older women is not a topic of extensive research, and discussion appears to be taboo among these women. In addition, many erroneous assumptions and ageist stereotypes exist about the sexuality of BME older women. In fact, many BME older women themselves believe myths about their sexuality and ageing. The stereotypes and silence about BME older women’s sexuality, and their sexual desires and sexual health have both personal (individual) and collective implications (Lagana et al, 2013
Victim arousal or pleasure in the context of non-consensual sexual activity is often conflated with consent by victims, perpetrators and bystanders.
Victims whose experiences of sexual violence are complicated by pleasurable physical or emotional dimensions can experience significant shame and self-blame, which inhibits disclosure and help-seeking.
Sexuality education and sexual assault prevention strategies should recognise and address the distinctions between arousal, pleasure and consent.
Sexual violence refers to any sexual act
Despite evidence of a more sexually active ‘third age’, ageing and later life (50+) are still commonly represented as a process of desexualisation.
Challenging this assumption and ageist stereotypes, this interdisciplinary volume investigates the experiential and theoretical landscapes of older people’s sexual intimacies, practices and pleasures. Contributors explore the impact of desexualisation in various contexts and across different identities, orientations, relationships and practices.
This enlightening text, reflecting international scholarship, considers how we can distinguish the real challenges faced by older people from the prejudices imposed on them.
Despite increased awareness of sexual diversity, older people's accounts of sex and intimacy remain marginalised.
This edited volume addresses diversity in sexual and intimate experience later in life (50+) and captures international research and analysis relating to intersectional identities. Contributors explore how being older intersects with differences of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.
Offering a critical focus and original contribution to an emerging, although still relatively neglected field, this collection extends knowledge concerning intimacies, practices and pleasures for those thought to represent normative, non-normative and 'new normative' forms of sexual identification and expression.
hinders us from becoming as happy, healthy and wise as we could potentially be.
As much as we have learnt how to seek pleasure, joy and happiness, we can also unlearn it gradually. Although our desires and strivings may feel hard wired into our gut feelings, they can actually be transformed. We can also learn to be more aware of our senses, feelings and thoughts.
Updating our emotional strategies from the Stone Age
Happiness, from a biological point of view, occurs as a ‘by-product’, rewarding and reinforcing actions that help survival. The human being today is
the sensible drinker and
the persistence of pleasure
We believe that England has a drink problem . . . it is not just a problem
for a small minority, but a much larger section of the population
(Health Select Committee 2010: 267)
Britain: the café society. What an agreeable idea it seemed at the time.
Back in the days where the nation was still intoxicated by New Labour,
our political leaders promised that they would transform not only our
public services but our drinking culture . . . Britain is to café society
what Iceland is to financial
A theoretical model for intervening
in complex sexual behaviours: sexual
desires, pleasures and passion – La
Pasión – of Spanish-speaking gay
men in Canada
Carlos, a Latino Colombian gay man, came to the first session of Chicos
Net, an HIV prevention behavioural intervention. He has lived in Canada
for the past four years. During the process, he told the group that he had
unprotected sex the week before. His reasoning was based on how much
he was attracted to the guy he had sex with, and that he was so ‘into’ the
), including 3G (the standard at the time), Wi-Fi and hook-up apps (for example, Grindr). The quotation at the beginning of this chapter, from the interview with Ben, highlights the significance of these elements in shaping the experience of chemsex.
The use of drugs for sexual pleasure within gay communities is not new. As recently argued by Florêncio (2021 , p 8), ‘drugs, in some form or another, have been a part of queer culture for a very long time, and are certainly present in a lot of the 20th- and 21st-century queer cultural outputs’. For him, it is important to
How can we create a thriving life for us all that doesn’t come at the price of ecological destruction?
This book calls to explore our collective and personal convictions about success and good life. It challenges the mainstream worldview, rooted in economics, that equates happiness with pleasure, and encourages greed, materialism, egoism and disconnection.
Drawing on science and ancient Greek philosophers the author details how we can cultivate our skills for enjoying life without harming ourselves or others, and can live an autonomous, creative and connected life. Complementary to our intellectual understanding, the experiential method of role play and theatre can powerfully facilitate the exploration of the inner drivers and hindrances of a thriving life.
Selling bodies/selling pleasure: the
social organisation of sex work in
In daily practice, prostitution is simply the explicit selling and buying
of sex. However, if we reduce the complex social practices of
prostitution to sex we will fail to examine the economic, political
and ideological underpinnings of prostitution, that is, the social
problems that underlie it. As O’Connell Davidson has argued, ‘the
ills associated with prostitution can be addressed only through far
broader political struggles to rid the world of