But suddenly, the poignant, heartbreaking and funny (and not-so-funny) dating experiences of women in late middle age and up have exploded onto our screens, and into our reading material.Netflix has just renewed for a fourth season Grace and Frankie, a show starring Jane Fonda about the unlikely friendship and sexual experiences of two women in their 70s.
This is because, compared to men in their twenties and thirties, older men are often drowning in baggage."Most of them had lost their house ...
many of them had two [marriages], so they'd lost everything twice [in divorce]," says Carole Lethbridge, a 73-year-old woman living in the Blue Mountains.
It's a conversation that could've been ripped from the third season of Grace and Frankie, which revolves around a company that Fonda's character and her best friend, played by Lily Tomlin, establish to create vibrators for older women — their kids are embarrassed.
But according to older women on the dating scene, that plotline doesn't even begin to reflect the mountains of drama and humiliation they're routinely forced to navigate while pursuing a relationship.
Professor Imelda Whelehan, an expert on ageing and popular culture at the Australian National University, thinks the trend has resulted in part from the realisation, on behalf of media gatekeepers, that older viewers want to see their experiences reflected back at them.