Older Women and Sexuality On-Screen: Euphemism and Evasion?

  • Susan Liddy


Over the last two decades, a very small number of films have begun to tentatively explore ageing female sexuality on-screen, thus challenging prevailing attitudes about the supposed asexuality of older women. This paper will track the extent to which this ideological shift has continued to gain ground over the last number of years, given factors such as changing demographics, the perceived power of the “grey pound,” the continuing popularity of a range of ageing female stars and the emergence of a number of high-profile “silvering screen” films. A close reading of three films, Hope Springs (2012) , Le Week-End (2013) and 45 Years (2015) explores the parameters, both visual and narrative, of recent representations of ageing women and sexuality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mary Immaculate CollegeLimerickIreland

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