Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sexual Freedom in the 60s, Part 2

In doing some research this morning on San Francisco theater companies, I discovered that Z Space at Theater Artaud is presenting A Round Heeled Woman The play, which runs from January 5-February 7th is based upon the book by Jane Juska, a woman in her 60s who decided she had not yet had very satisfying sex and wanted to have some before she died. Juska put an ad in the New York Review of Books, as follows:

"Before I turn 67 - next March - I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me ..."

Obviously a woman of some wit, originality and humor. Well apparently she had such overwhelming response that she decided to take a sabatical from teaching to clear the way for some serious late life romantic adventures.

As the book's jacket notes, "Round-heeled is an old-fashioned epithet for a woman of easy virtue. It's a surprising way for a respectable English teacher with a passion for the novels of Anthony Trollope to describe herself, but then that's just one of the many surprises to be found in this poignant, funny, unique memoir. Juska is a totally engaging, perceptive writer, funny and frank about her exploits. It's high time someone revealed the fact that older single people are as eager for sex and intimacy as their older counterparts. Jane Juska's brave, honest memoir will probably raise eyebrows and blood pressure, but it will undoubtedly appeal to the very large audience of grown-up readers who will be fascinated and inspired by her daring adventure."

It is high time that someone revealed the fact that many older adults like sex quite a lot. Hooray! And for those who are glad that they no longer have to deal with sex, another hooray! No judgement either way.

Bravo to Z Space for picking up on this sexual liberation part 2 theme.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I, too, was excited to hear that this book has been made into a play. I'm lucky to live near San Francisco, so I'll make sure to see it.

    I agree with you -- "no judgement either way." Wouldn't it be nice to live in a world where everyone felt that way?

    Joan Price

    Author of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty

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