A Sex Goddess for Older Women

The world is made of stories, not atoms. – Muriel Rukeyser Myths are Ideas and stories and images that shape how we see the world. Celebrating and creating myth is one way to see and be seen. A Sex Goddess for Older Women? Last year I asked a friend who is a mythology buff to…

The Grandmother Hypothesis

The Grandmother Hypothesis In the 1980s, American anthropologist Kristen Hawkes observed Hadza hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, and realized that the older women spent their time collecting food for their grandchildren. This freed up the mothers to have more children. Hawkes hypothesized that the fittest grandmothers had the most grandchildren, which created selective pressure for longevity well…

Sexual Agency Beyond Midlife

Sexual Agency Beyond Midlife In her 2016 book, “Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape,” Peggy Orenstein describes the pressure on American women to perform sexually from an early age, and to please young men while doing so. In many cases, their own pleasure is not the focus of how young women view sex….

Blonde at 65 or The Tale of the Peacock

Blonde at 65 or The Tale of the Peacock What have peacock tail feathers ever done for the peacock? They are heavy, they harbor ectoparasites, and they add nothing to the bird’s ability to eat, drink, or move. So why have they persisted, generation after generation? A peacock’s tail is a prime example of an…