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To Age or Not to Age?

Aubrey de Grey will be speaking at the nationwide premiere of TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 in New York City.

More information - More screenings

The New York City screening will be followed by a live panel discussion which will be simulcast to venues screening the film nationwide and will stream live online.

Panelists include:

Dr. Robert Butler, Gerontologist, Psychiatrist & Pulitzer-Prize Winner; President and CEO of the International Longevity Center

Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Biomedical Gerontologist; Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation

Dr. Leonard P. Guarente, Novartis Professor of Biology, MIT; Director, Paul F. Glenn Lab for Science of Aging

Dr. Gordon Lithgow, Biomolecular Geneticist; Head of the Lithgow Lab, Buck Institute on Aging

Moderated by Robert Kane Pappas, director of TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE

The scientists featured in TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE have found the means to postpone and possibly mitigate diseases tied to aging, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes. Genes that control aging, among them SIRT2/SIRT1 genes, when altered, may, as a side effect, increase our lifespans.

(h/t IEET)

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Gung-ho grannies learn self-defence

NAIROBI, 27 January 2010 (PlusNews) - In a community hall in Korogocho, a slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, an instructor takes his students through their paces, but unlike the usual fitness fanatics, today's class is a group of elderly women learning self-defence techniques.

I'm Worth Defending (IWD), which conducts the training, teaches self-defence to school-children, young men and women, and most recently, to elderly women in Korogocho and other Nairobi slums.

Frida Wambui*, 60, is one. Two years ago, three drunken young men broke into her home in the middle of the night and brutally raped her.

"They knew I lived alone... they broke [down] the door and came in and covered my eyes with a blanket, then they raped me... and left me there just lying on the floor," she told IRIN/PlusNews. "I can't believe people young enough to be my grandchildren could do that to me.

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the story of the cumstarved old man

Picture 13.

I don’t know if I can actually tell the story of the cumstarved old man, but I can try.

The pretense of the meeting was that he was looking at my prints as a potential buyer. I thought I was going to show him several framed and unframed pieces; which he looked at. The meeting was created by a mutually trusted individual. Knowing him for a while, she warned me that he was basically a dirty old man and was horny for me, or thought he was. He had never met me, or seen my picture or anything, except hearing a description of my work.

I was not going to let this get in the way of selling him some art; but apparently it did, because as it turned out all he wanted to do was suck my cock; he was not vaguely interested in buying art.

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Hot Damn! Sex Over Sixty (Better Than I Ever Expected)

My man, Tony Comstock came through for me today with this link to a post about his search for web conversations about sex and aging.  He's having as much difficulty as I am in finding a way to reach people that are interested in conversations about age, sex, gender, body. 

Luckily for us, Tony found Joan Price, an author and blogger that is out to do just exactly that.

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Testing A Theory

Heather Fae, photographed for Book of Blue by Eric Francis.

One thing I am fascinated by, but not amused by, is the sexual repulsion between the generations. I am specifically speaking in the true sense of the word ‘generation’, which is a distinct extension of within a family. To wit, parents and children.

Most – not all – adolescents at the fiery dawn of erotic consciousness want their parents to have neither hide nor hair awareness of their sexuality. If parents are cool, they keep their distance after making sure that basic precautions are being followed.

Sometimes there is psychic awareness, which might be sensory or empathic; it might exist in fantasy only. Once a father ceases to be angry that his 17-year-old daughter is having sex, he might figure out that the concept is pretty hot. But our society ingrains an astonishing depth of fear about going there, even in thought.

I have read a good few stories of the emotions involved in bridging the gap upward to our parents. I’ve read others about parents celebrating the budding sexuality of their children without a trace of negativity. My parents were both open about the fact that I was sexual; whether it be sex ed conversations or (at my dad’s house) an abundance of Playboy magazines an access to any cable channel. (In Manhattan at that time, at the dawn of cable, the one to watch was Channel N.)

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Who am I, if I'm not me anymore?

We get older.  We all do.  If we're really lucky, we get a lot older.  Sooner or later, we die.  That is the way of things.  As I rise this morning, eating my breakfast, I turn my attention to this aspect of sex, gender, body that I was kind of avoiding: getting old. 

Age is just as much of a conversation about sex, gender, body as anything else.  It could be argued that no conversation about sgb, or identity can exist without the conversation of age being included.  One of the site rules at is that no sex with minors is condoned or supported on this site.

As we age, we identify ourselves in different terms.  We shift how we view ourselves, how we wish others to see us and how we see others.  Age prejudice and labels are just as common as any other form of discrimination.  I don't know if any one form of discrimination gets more assistance or license than any other form, but age discrimination does seem to benefit greatly from a youth-worshiping society and many people's fear of dying.  Aging and the approach of death is uncomfortable for many to deal with.  It's why I was in no hurry to look at it myself.

Whether or not I include and embrace aging into the conversations of sex, gender, body - age is part of how each of us identify ourselves and are identified by others.  Plain and simple.

So, I took off looking for links on age, identity, sex, gender, body.  This is what I found for different search terms on Google.

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Aging and Gender Diversity

By Tarynn M. Witten, PhD, MSW, FGSA

Social Work Today

Vol. 4 No. 4 p. 28


Transsexuals, transgenders, cross-dressers, and other persons whose gender expression or identification is other than the “traditional” male or female represent a substantial but epidemiologically invisible minority group within the worldwide older adult population.

In an era in which forecasting the health of elder populations is increasingly important, discussion of quality-of-life issues faced by older transsexuals and other gender minority persons should not be deferred. It is difficult, unfortunately, to provide data-based information about many of the health issues faced by elder transsexuals, as this group is particularly “epidemiologically invisible” (Witten and Eyler, 1999), with many of its members preferring not to reveal their natal sex due to perceived and real risks and stigma associated with being “out.” However, the number of transgender-, transsexual-, and intersex-identified elders is increasing worldwide (Witten, 2002, 2003).

The gender minority community includes numerous subgroups of importance. Many intersex-identified elder individuals will likely have had genital surgery forced upon them at early ages and may have been subjected to hormonal treatments as well. They may, consequently, be facing numerous psychological issues related to the undesired violation of their bodies and effects the undesired surgery has had on their lives. Others in the same group who may not have had the surgery are dealing with the consequences of their lifelong, nonnormative status.

For a given transidentified person, time of transition (hormonal and surgical modification) can be important to understanding the aging process. A person may be older when he or she chooses to transition, or the person may have made the transition earlier in life and is now older in the contragender identity and body, having dealt with a longer period of time in the transition state. Each of these individuals may or may not be hormonally or surgically modified. As such, their experience as elders will differ and requires understanding from the social worker, geriatric case manager, and/or caregiver.

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Now, there's something you don't see everyday...

After reading The Ultimates' primer on swing lifestyle, I got to thinking about shaving.  I don't swing, so this whole conversation about hair was new to me.  I'm  a fairly hairy individual.  Not quite Austin Powers, but my Welsh blood has me wearing a sweater all year long. 

Honestly, I've always been proud of it.  When I was a teen, my hair was among the first signals of my adult body to arrive.  I wasn't the guy that had a full beard in Freshman English, but by Junior year, I had more hair on my chest than my old man. 

In my 20's & 30's, I thought my hair looked pretty good.  Curly, bushy and vibrant.  It was soft and sensual.  I would run my fingers across it on hot summer nights when sleeping on the sheets was the only choice. 

I thought of shaving hair as something for swimmers or openly gay men that were into the pretty boy image.  I saw myself as some sort of hybrid between Burt Reynolds and Che Guevara, thumbing my nose at body-grooming neuroses with bravado in pursuit of the "real (hairy) man" lifestyle.

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