Sexuality and sexual citizenship in the later years

When:28 Jun 2017, 4pm - 5:30pm
Venue:Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Chris Beasley and Bianca Fileborn
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Jointly hosted by the

Centre for Social Research in Health and

UNSW Practical Justice Initiative


Innovations towards equality? Sexual citizenship, ageing and Internet dating

Professor Chris Beasley

Ageist assumptions about sex and sexuality abound in both scholarship and institutional practice, despite the significance of sexuality for older people signalled by their use of new technologies of intimacy, including Internet dating. From the perspective of justice and sexual citizenship, it is important to examine older people's use of these practices and the ways in which they may advance freedom and equality. This paper focuses on heterosexual older people’s use of Internet dating in ways that advance gender equity.

Chris Beasley is Professor in Politics and, from 2009 to 2014, previous Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, at the University of Adelaide. Her books include Revaluing Care in Theory, Law and Policy (2016), Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice (2012) and Gender & Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers (2005). She is currently writing a book on Internet dating with Mary Holmes.


Supporting sexual wellbeing in later life: What do older Australians want, and what do they need?

Dr Bianca Fileborn

Contrary to ageist stereotypes, many older people continue to be sexually active throughout later life. Despite this, concern for sexual health among older adults continues to be a notable absence in the health and aged care sectors. In the context of an ageing population, and increasing STI rates amongst the 60+ age group, action is needed to support and foster the sexual health and wellbeing of older Australians. Drawing on findings from the Sex, Age & Me project – the first national study of older people’s sexual relationships and sexual health - this paper will explore the key issues older Australians are currently facing and outline future directions for support.

Bianca Fileborn is a lecturer in the UNSW School of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on sexuality in later life. She has been involved in two national Australian studies on sexuality, sexual health and older adults and has published widely in leading criminological and other journals. Her book Reclaiming the Night-Time Economy: Unwanted Sexual Attention in Pubs and Clubs was published by Palgrave in 2016.


This seminar is part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality


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