Perennially hormonal

Oh, those randy, indefatigable, elderly Brits:

Youth is wasted on the young — so the saying goes — and doing their best to prove it are the over-50s.

They are more sexually active than six years ago, according to a survey which also found that a third of the age group enjoy sex more than in their youth. Four in five of those in their early 50s make love regularly, with a quarter enjoying a romantic episode under the sheets at least once a week.

For some reason this reminds me of those old commercial pitches involving four out of five doctors.

(Aside: There was a perfectly lovely power-pop band from D.C., circa 1980, called 4 Out Of 5 Doctors. I bought their first LP. They didn’t sound much different in 2008.)

Who were the respondents to this survey, anyway?

Nearly 9,000 people aged 50 or more were questioned about their sex lives by Populus on behalf of Saga Magazine for the survey.

This makes more sense if you remember that “Saga” was originally an acronym: “Social Amenities for the Golden Age.” Sort of a British AARP, without the annoying self-righteousness. I attribute this to Saga’s not being a non-profit.

And this little squib at the bottom of the article demands inclusion because … well, just because:

The Women’s Institute — better known for jam-making tips — released a sex guide in 2008.

Topics included the best positions for women to try if their partners had previously had heart attacks.

I am so not going there.



  1. Tatyana »

    12 February 2013 · 10:23 am

    “romantic episode under the sheets”
    Eloquent Brits, masters of purple prose.

    Interestingly, the sideline’s quote for this post was “the only way not to get old is to drop dead”. That’s probably a response to your last line.

  2. CGHill »

    12 February 2013 · 8:13 pm

    In my more rambunctious days — as though I could possibly have any less rambunctious days — there were occasional romantic episodes over, and sometimes in spite of, the sheets.

  3. Tatyana »

    12 February 2013 · 8:41 pm

    Hmm….my understanding of the word “romantic”differs rather drastically.I wonder, is my perception gender-related, or one of many manifests of Russian transposed over English

  4. CGHill »

    12 February 2013 · 9:01 pm

    I suspect you’re just not as coy (or as inclined to purple prose) as the Brits.

  5. fillyjonk »

    13 February 2013 · 7:34 am

    Actually, I find myself wondering: Are they doing it more, or are they just less reticent about reporting it now? Not sure how one would control for that.

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