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My First Time…at CatalystCon East

By Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE This column was first published at www.MelanieDavisPhD.com I just returned from a three inspirational days at CatalystCon East, which founder Dee Dennis describes as a “melting pot of sexuality” that brings together sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, people in the adult industry and others seeking to create change. I was changed by the experience, not... Read more...

NY Times Comments on Seniors and STIs; Consortium Responds

On Jan. 18, the New York Times ran an op-ed piece in its Sex and the Single Senior column that highlighted an increase in cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among older adults. The author used the term “startling” to describe the statistic that in 2011 and 2012, 2.2 million Medicare beneficiaries received free STI screenings and counseling sessions, and more than 66,000 received free H.I.V.... Read more...

50 Shades of Grey Hair

© 2012 Joan Price, all rights reserved. Published here with permission 50 Shades of Grey Hair By Joan Price, www.joanprice.com If you’ve been awake on this planet, you’ve heard of the success of Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s the Number 1 best seller on Amazon, where it sports 5,143 reader reviews at this moment. The big deal about this book is that it’s erotica, BDSM [bondage/discipline,... Read more...

Senior Sex and Sexuality

by Terri Clark, MPH, CHES As published in the Philadelphia Gay News, 12-11. Closeness, intimacy and touch are lifelong needs that do not get old, even when we do. We may be graying but our sexuality evolves and changes over our life cycle. There are many facets of senior sex and sexuality. One can think of sex as what happens below the waist, and in between the legs (behaviors) vs. sexuality. Sex is also what... Read more...

SaferSex4Seniors.org Debuts Online

By Melanie Davis, PhD, Consortium Co-President A new website devoted to the sexual health of older adults is gaining enormous amounts of attention while shining a spotlight on the need for the Consortium’s work to change attitudes about sexuality and aging. SaferSex4Seniors.org was developed by a team of sexuality educators, trainers and therapists assisted by DDB Worldwide, a global ad agency, and website... Read more...

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