Dating in lethbridge
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.
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.
It was only last year that Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 56, Patricia Arquette, 49, and Tina Fey, 47, signed up to appear in Last F***able Day.
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.
"When I go to my local indie cinema here in Canberra, I'm one of the younger ones," said Professor Whelehan, who is 57.
Until only recently, that sort of show seemed like an impossibility, with the sexual and dating experiences of older women having long been considered either worthy of derision (see any Golden Girls episode) or ratings poison.
Just ask Amy Schumer, whose widely praised video skit, Last F***able Day, sent up the previously unspoken Hollywood "law" that women above the age of 40 are as desirable as drywall.
Another potential suitor told her he was waiting for his terminally ill wife to die before re-entering the dating pool." says Ms Lethbridge, a former advertising executive who regularly travels overseas, has two adult children, and is three-times divorced herself."I just wanted my independence." Then there is the sexual mismatch.She said she had dated several men in their 60s and 70s over the last few years.In practical terms, this meant many of her dates have lied about being in the market to purchase a house, when in reality they were "living in the back shed" of one of their children's homes."I just didn't want anybody to land on me, you know?