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Author Marshall, Barbara L. ♦ Katz, Stephen
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Description Where old age is the cause of impotence, there is, alas! no remedy, except to submit as grace-fully as possible to the decrees of fate, and by carefully husbanding the sexual resources to prolong the usefulness of the genital organs, as far as possible. (F.R. Sturgis, Sexual Debility in Man, 1931) Remember, the norm is that you should be getting it and enjoying it for a long time to come; and if you aren’t you should be wondering why. In the great majority of cases, whatever is stopping you can be remedied. (O.J. Seiden, Viagra: The Virility Breakthrough, 1998) To Michel Foucault we owe particular gratitude for shaking human sexuality loose from its familiar historical and intellectual contexts, and grounding it in the political and cultural uncertainties of modernity. According to Foucault, sexuality is ‘an especially dense transfer point for relations of power ’ and ‘capable of serving as a point of support, as a linchpin, for the most varied strategies ’ (1980: 103). Foucault did not include in his captivating reconstruction of sexuality, and its bodies, populations and strategic deployments, that other great somatic resource, human ageing. Indeed, Foucault said little about age and one can only speculate as to the ingenuity of his insights on the subject had he lived into elderhood himself.1 In this he joins other theoretical and historical inquiries that address the different cultures and discourses in which age and sex figure prominently, but generally fail to consider their areas of intersection. Rather, most academic and professional fields, critical and otherwise, either accept the biological tradition, claiming that sexual decline is a natural consequence of the ageing process, especially after the reproductive years; or the cultural tradition that favours sexual activity as a prerogative of youth and middle age, but regards it as unhealthy, if
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-01-01
Publisher Institution Fifth Conference of the European Sociological Association