I’ve always said, If I have to get old, I want to do it in Paris. Thanks to a strong fan base and a lot of help from the aging gene gods, it’s not so bad for me, here in America. But it should be.
Through our 40s, we American women manage to arrange romps on a fairly regular basis. But the latest national statistics show that by our 50s, a third of us haven’t had sex in the last year, present company not included.
By our 60s, nearly half have gone sexless in the previous year. Once we hit our 70s, most of us might as well hang up an “out of business” sign. Now you know why I’ve taken on a one-woman campaign to change the country.
Among today’s 50-plus women, the problem of sexlessness is as bad or worse than it was for older women two decades ago, but we must remind ourselves that statistics suggest that the whole country is having less sex than in the seventies and maybe even the 1950s.
But not in France. Frenchwomen simply don’t suffer from the same dramatic slide into sexlessness. Just 15 percent of Frenchwomen in their 50s and 27 percent in their 60s haven’t had any sex in the past year, according to a 2004 national survey by France’s Regional Health Observatory.
Another national survey being released next month will report that cohabiting Frenchwomen over 50 are having more sex now than they did in the early 1990s.
Try not to hate them: Frenchwomen don’t get fat, and they do get lucky. In Sensual and Superyoung, we will be touring France, making our way to Portofino. There’s tough talk along the way but also a thorough investigation into just why sensuality is experienced more robustly outside of the good ‘ol USA.