Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Women talk to each other about sex and aging

Last Saturday, a group of women gathered for my workshop, which promised "Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty"--and "straight talk" it was.

The women, ranging in age from 50 to 74--single, partnered, married--came together to express what was on their mind about their sexuality and relationships. We discussed how to stay sexy when "we don't have that hormonally driven freight train any more," as one woman put it, and the challenge of feeling sexual energy "squashed down" when men seem drawn to younger women without getting to know what we have to offer. We discussed past and present relationships, finding in the safety of the workshop an opportunity to share our experiences, attitudes, and hopes for the future. We also laughed a lot over shared experiences and a couple of "tools" that I passed around the room.

On November 4, I'm repeating this Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty workshop for women only in Sebastopol, and I encourage women to join us. You don't have to be over 60 -- in fact, many of the participants are in their fifties and experiencing post-menopausal changes that they want to talk about.

Our ground rules promise confidentiality -- you're encouraged to tell others about the ideas brought up in the workshop, anything I say (since my sexuality is an open book-- literally!), and anything you personally experience or learn--but not to divulge any private information that other people share.

I'm not shortchanging the men -- My workshop for men and women, Ask Me, I'll Tell You: Women and Men Talk about Sex and Aging, happens October 14 -- see below. When I presented this workshop before, I was happy and grateful that the men wanted to share their views as much as the women. Certainly the reader response bears that out, too -- men frequently write me their questions and stories, and are asking--as the women are--to be heard.

Interested? Details about both workshops below:

Saturday, October 14, 1:30-4:00 pm: Workshop for men and women: Ask Me, I'll Tell You: Women and Men Talk about Sex and Aging, in Sebastopol, CA. For many people, sex and aging are two of the hardest topics to talk about. Add in the challenges of communicating across the genders and it can sometimes seem impossible. But Joan Price, ageless sexuality advocate, and author of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty is here to help! In this interactive and fun discussion, you'll have a chance to get the answers you're looking for. Joan will guide an afternoon of conversation and discovery, and will help everyone in the room learn from each other. For couples & singles, men & women. If you're 60+, or you plan to be, this workshop is for you.

Saturday, November 4, 1:30-4:00 pm Straight Talk About Sex After 60 (women only) in Sebastopol, CA. Yes, sex after sixty has its challenges,but it can also be sizzling and satisfying. Joan Price, ageless sexutality advocate, fitness expert, and author of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty will help you face the challenges and celebrate the joys of older-age sexuality. By sharing experiences and learning with other women in a spirit of candor, acceptance, creativity, and humor, you'll take home new tools, techniques, and attitudes that help women over sixty experience hot, joyful sex with or without a partner.

Either workshop $40, or both for $75. Preregister by phoning 707-874-2285. Please register early. (Address & directions will be sent to you when you register)


[Photo by Constance Cavallas, published with permission]

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