Joan Price is presenting Senior Sex: Lusting, Dating, and Mating and Envelope-Pushing Erotica: How Sexy Stories Can Change the World. Check out Joan’s bio here.
1. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
My mission is to talk out loud about older-age sex – to get the information out there about how to resolve the inevitable challenges that come with staying sexual in aging bodies, to encourage my generation to maintain or reclaim sexual pleasure, and to help younger generations stop viewing aging as the end of sex!
2. Who or what was a catalyst for you?
Falling in love at age 57 with artist Robert Rice, then 64, was my original catalyst – this is why I started writing and speaking about senior sex. We had seven exhilarating and passionate years together until I lost him to cancer. This relationship changed my life in every way – personally and professionally. Now the ground swell of interest and support from my generation is my catalyst: people who continue to ask me questions and share their stories.
3. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?<
We tend to think all’s right with the world when we’re together in an environment like CatalystCon, but out in the real world, there’s still a lot of ignorance and prejudice. I wish we could just celebrate whatever consensual form our sexuality takes and not judge each other. What a world that would be!
4. What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year?
Each year gets better as we talk and write about sex and insist on our right to be exactly who we are. The Internet, the sex-positive blogosphere, and conferences like CatalystCon make it easier for sex educators, sex activists, and sex-positive individuals to find each other. We don’t always agree (and when sex activists disagree, watch out!), but as long as we can listen as well as speak out, we’ll be all right.
5. Why do you feel it is important to bring this topic Senior Sex: Lusting, Dating, and Mating to CatalystCon West?
Our society tends to view seniors as sexless or as ludicrous and pathetic if they are sexually active (or wanting to be). I want to lend my loud voice to counteract that view.
6. Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
People seem surprised when they meet me that I’m only 4’10”. When I used to teach high school, I would tell my students, who towered above me, “I’m taller when you get to know me.” I still think that’s true.
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