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Author and speaker Joan Price calls herself an ‘advocate for ageless sexuality’. She has been called other things by the media: ‘senior sexpert’, ‘the beautiful face of senior sex’, and—her favorite —’wrinkly sex kitten’.
Joan joins Hot Octopuss as our resident ‘senior sexpert’. If you have a question about sex after 50, 60, 70 and beyond, this is the place to ask.
Senior sexuality is underrepresented online and Joan wants to help us change that. Hot Octopuss is offering $200 for any picture you submit that we use on this website. Saucy is fine, but please cover up anything that will get us in trouble.
Joan was a widely published health and fitness writer. Then at 57, after decades of single life, she fell deeply in love with artist Robert Rice, who was then 64. Their love affair was profound, joyful, and extremely spicy. Their passion, in contrast to society’s view of older people as sexless, led Joan at age 61 to write Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty (Seal Press, 2006) to celebrate the delights of older-life sexuality.
Robert and Joan married after five years together and had two more years together before Robert died of cancer in 2008. His last request to Joan was: “Promise me you’ll keep doing your work.”
One of those saw Joan teaming up with sexpert Jessica Drake to provide practical tips for increasing sexual pleasure through the decades ahead. Their collaboration resulted in the DVD Guide to Wicked Sex: Senior Sex.
After Better Than I Ever Expected came out, hundreds of senior readers sent Joan questions and comments about the problems in their own sex lives. Joan realized that her next book had to be a self-help guide for both men and women dealing with the challenges of older-age sexuality. She started writing Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex (Seal Press, 2011) to address readers’ problems. “You may have just saved my marriage,” one reader wrote her. This book went on to win multiple awards.
There are plenty of books and magazine articles filled with doom and gloom about midlife and older sexuality, how our tissues wither along with our libidos, and we might as well give it up. That isn’t this book. Here older women reveal–in their own words–how they successfully use their personal power, the joy and intimacy of their relationships, and useful tools of all sorts–from sex toys to humor–to experience terrific and satisfying sex.
Our resident senior sexpert, Joan Price’s senior sex books:
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