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But we also appear to be experiencing a perfect storm of sorts, with more prominent older actresses and journalists now happy to put their face to the taboo issue of older sexuality, and a backlash against media companies who are prejudiced against these stories.
And Australian columnist Kerri Sackville has just written a how-to-survive dating book for older women — inspired by her own horrific and hilarious experiences — that is currently sitting on her agent's desk.When American businesswoman Darlene Daggett sued her matchmaking services firm last month for setting her up on a string of horrific dates, the news ricocheted around the world. For her US0,000, Ms Daggett, 62, was introduced to, among others, a man who passed out from a heart ailment on their first date, and a convicted felon.Another potential suitor told her he was waiting for his terminally ill wife to die before re-entering the dating pool.Spicer's 2014 TEDx talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people.
And on the flipside, when a pair of American morning TV show co-hosts laughed like a pair of nervous schoolgirls and chastised Grace and Frankie star Jane Fonda for repeatedly saying the word "vibrator" on a morning television show, in March, the Today show faced backlash."This TODAY show puts America back 50 years. " wrote one commenter on You Tube, echoing the sentiments of many others."Jane and Lily are awesome, and THANK YOU for being upfront about issues that women care about," wrote another.
But according to Helen Razer, the reason these sorts of stories are appearing more frequently on our screens and in our books is profit.