W hen a divorced woman on "the wrong side of 45 with a brace of kids" began to write about her experiences of being single last week, she opened her blog with the extraordinary statement that she was in "relationship no man's land", condemned to be alone for the rest of her life. The anonymous woman, whose blog is called The Plankton, is not alone in believing that there are problems specific to being a single woman in middle age. A survey this month found eight out of 10 women over 50 think they have become invisible to men. Seven out of 10 women in the study felt overlooked by the fashion industry, while three-quarters of women in their 60s believed they had lost their identity by being labelled as a "mum". Women and men are living longer and fitter lives; the average age at which we divorce is rising — 41 now for women and 43 for men — and the number of single parents is projected to rise to 1.
Researchers found that more than half of 18 to 30 year-olds struggle to find satisfaction between the sheets - a much higher proportion than those aged between 31 and And the most sexually active groups is 31 to 45 year-olds 87 per cent - ahead of 18 to 30 year-olds 85 per cent and 46 to 54 year-olds 74 per cent. But an alarming two-in-three women suffer from sexual dysfunction with the problems rising with age in all categories - apart from orgasm. This bucked the trend with problems higher among 18 to 30 year-olds 54 per cent than in the 31 to 45 43 per cent and 46 to 54 48 per cent age groups. The survey asked women of all ages attending a urology clinic in New Jersey about six key areas of female sexual dysfunction FSD and discovered problems are widespread from disinterest to frustration. Sexually transmitted infections at 'record high'. Middle-aged women want 'titillating'. Study leader Dr Debra Fromer said: "We found 63 per cent of the women suffered from FSD and there were significant links between FSD and age, menopausal status and use of selective anti-depressants. Overall the main concern was lack of desire 47 per cent followed by orgasm problems 45 per cent , arousal issues 40 per cent , lack of satisfaction 39 per cent , lack of lubrication 37 per cent and pain 36 per cent. For example a number of hormone and other drug treatments have been shown to benefit women with FSD.
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The sexual revolution , also known as a time of sexual liberation , was a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behavior related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships throughout the United States and subsequently, the wider world, from the s to the s. Several other periods in Western culture have been called the "first sexual revolution", to which the s revolution would be the second or later. The term "sexual revolution" itself has been used since at least the late s. When speaking of sexual revolution, historians  make a distinction between the first and the second sexual revolution. In the first sexual revolution — , Victorian morality lost its universal appeal. However, it did not lead to the rise of a "permissive society". Exemplary for this period is the rise and differentiation in forms of regulating sexuality. Classics professor Kyle Harper uses the phrase "first sexual revolution" to refer to the displacement of the norms of sexuality in Ancient Rome with those of Christianity as it was adopted throughout the Roman Empire.