It follows numerous recent articles examining the experiences — and cultural significance — of older women, including from Australia's Jane Caro and journalists from the New York Times.But while commentators say pop culture's embracing of stories about older women is a positive development for a generation that has been habitually ignored by mainstream media, many women on the dating scene say the stories hitting our screens and bookstores don't quite capture how messy it can be to pursue a romantic relationship when you're in your late forties and up.Our Souls at Night, a movie about a widowed pair in their 70s who climb through each other's windows for booty calls, has just been released in the US.And Australian columnist Kerri Sackville has just written a how-to-survive dating book for older women — inspired by her own horrific and hilarious experiences — that is currently sitting on her agent's desk.
But according to older women on the dating scene, that plotline doesn't even begin to reflect the mountains of drama and humiliation they're routinely forced to navigate while pursuing a relationship.
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 we also appear to be experiencing a perfect storm of sorts, with more prominent older actresses and journalists now happy to put their face to the taboo issue of older sexuality, and a backlash against media companies who are prejudiced against these stories.
It was only last year that Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 56, Patricia Arquette, 49, and Tina Fey, 47, signed up to appear in Last F***able Day.