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(De)sexualisation of old age - ambivalent representations of sexuality of older people in media and active ageing policies

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HASMANOVÁ MARHÁNKOVÁ, J. (De)sexualisation of old age - ambivalent representations of sexuality of older people in media and active ageing policies. Athens, 2017.
Druh: PŘEDNÁŠKA, POSTER
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: (De)sexualisation of old age - ambivalent representations of sexuality of older people in media and active ageing policies
Rok vydání: 2017
Autoři: PhDr. Jaroslava Hasmanová Marhánková Ph.D. ,
Abstrakt EN: The paper maps images of older adults’ sexualities using an interpretive content analysis of 1) newspaper articles addressing issues of sex and sexuality in older age in Czech newspapers over two years’ span (2015-2016) and 2) booklets published by various Czech NGOs and public institutions that focus on the promotion of active ageing policies. The paper focus on the ways sexuality and sexual life of older people are portrayed. It points out the inherent ambivalence of the representations of older peoples’ sexual life. Older people are portrayed as desexualized while simultaneously their sexuality is often constructed as persistent and potentially dangerous and "active" sexual life is presented as a way to healthy ageing and longevity. The paper critically analyses those representations with respect to the disciplinary practices surrounding the ageing bodies and highlights the need to critically evaluate the representations of active ageing. Although the discourse of active ageing present a more positive representation of sexuality in older age, it simultaneously creates a new normative vision that is both ageistic and heteronormative and where sexuality serves as one of the vector of the (in)ability to age "actively".
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