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But is the current spotlight on older women here to stay?
Or will it sink back into the firmament like so many other trends — Truman Capote films, modern westerns — before it?
Professor Imelda Whelehan, an expert on ageing and popular culture at the Australian National University, thinks the trend has resulted in part from the realisation, on behalf of media gatekeepers, that older viewers want to see their experiences reflected back at them.
"When I go to my local indie cinema here in Canberra, I'm one of the younger ones," said Professor Whelehan, who is 57.
Until only recently, that sort of show seemed like an impossibility, with the sexual and dating experiences of older women having long been considered either worthy of derision (see any Golden Girls episode) or ratings poison.
Just ask Amy Schumer, whose widely praised video skit, Last F***able Day, sent up the previously unspoken Hollywood "law" that women above the age of 40 are as desirable as drywall.
While many women in their 50s and up say they feel more sexually liberated than they did in their 20s — finally released from the worry of getting pregnant, and more comfortable with their bodies — they are frequently tumbling into bed with men who suffer from erectile dysfunction."I hear this from a lot of my girlfriends, and it's depressing," writer Kerri Sackville said.
In practical terms, this meant many of her dates have lied about being in the market to purchase a house, when in reality they were "living in the back shed" of one of their children's homes."I just didn't want anybody to land on me, you know?
Spicer's 2014 TEDx talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people.
And on the flipside, when a pair of American morning TV show co-hosts laughed like a pair of nervous schoolgirls and chastised Grace and Frankie star Jane Fonda for repeatedly saying the word "vibrator" on a morning television show, in March, the Today show faced backlash."This TODAY show puts America back 50 years. " wrote one commenter on You Tube, echoing the sentiments of many others."Jane and Lily are awesome, and THANK YOU for being upfront about issues that women care about," wrote another.
But suddenly, the poignant, heartbreaking and funny (and not-so-funny) dating experiences of women in late middle age and up have exploded onto our screens, and into our reading material.
Netflix has just renewed for a fourth season Grace and Frankie, a show starring Jane Fonda about the unlikely friendship and sexual experiences of two women in their 70s.