1st Edition

Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People Theory, Policy and Practice

Edited By Catherine Barrett, Sharron Hinchliff Copyright 2018
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    There is growing evidence that the sexual rights of older people are not being met. One reason, perhaps the main reason, relates to the way that old age is viewed. In many cultures, being old is associated with decline and disease, which positions older people as dependent and powerless. Furthermore, an absence of positive or celebratory discourses around older people’s sexuality is particularly striking.


    The book addresses a gap in research and policy. Using an adaptation of the Declaration of Sexual Rights from the World Association of Sexual Health, it provides readers with an innovative and evidence-based framework for achieving the sexual rights of older people. Drawing on interdisciplinary research, it explores the cultural and social locations of old age and its intersections with sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status. Key themes include stigma, silencing, invisibility, prejudice, discrimination, and a lack of information, awareness, and understanding.


    Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People: Theory, Policy and Practice is a text for academics, health professionals, social professionals, service providers, and policy-makers. It is a timely and insightful collection which suggests ways to apply the sexual rights framework, raise awareness, and engage communities in constructing strategies for reform.

    1. Introduction to the sexual rights of older people. Sharron Hinchliff and Catherine Barrett

    2. Bundles of potential: The sexual rights of older people. Catherine Barrett and Sharron Hinchliff

    3. Framing the sexual rights of older heterosexual women: Acknowledging diversity and change. Rachel Thorpe. Bianca Fileborn and Laura Hurd Clarke

    4. Older men’s experiences of sexuality and their relevance for sexual rights. Hans Wiggo Kristiansen and Linn Sandberg

    5. The hidden sexualities of older lesbians and bisexual women. Sue Westwood and June Lowe

    6. Transgender older people: At Sea. far from the sexual rights shore. Loree Cook-Daniels and Michael Munson

    7. Intersex ageing and (sexual) rights. Joe Latham and Morgan Holmes

    8. Sexual assault of older women: Breaking the silence. Bianca Fileborn. Catherine Barrett and Karen Roberto

    9. The challenges in reducing STIs while fulfilling and enhancing the sexual rights of older people. Graham Brown. Anthony Lyons. Sharron Hinchliff and Pauline Crameri

    10. Challenging the ‘viagratization’ of heterosexuality and ageing. Catherine Barrett. Emily Wentzell and Rafaella Ferrero Camoletto

    11. Older people as cyber-sexual beings: Online and internet dating. Sue Malta and Summer Roberts

    12. Conclusion: Moving forward. implementing change. Sharron Hinchliff and Catherine Barrett


    Catherine Barrett is Director of Celebrate Ageing and the OPAL Institute, a national program promoting the sexual rights of older Australians.

    Sharron Hinchliff is Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, where she leads the ageing, gender, and sexual health and wellbeing programme of research.