With the ”Baby Boomer” generation entering the category of old age, increased media attention has been focused on concepts and representations of aging and the older body, particularly women’s bodies. Despite the increased attention to this growing consumer category, older women viewers have complained that Hollywood cinema produces relatively few films with older women in leading roles and even fewer where they are portrayed as sexually active. Examining recent romantic comedies released in the 21st century, for example Something’s Gotta Give (2003), Sex and the City (2008), It’s Complicated (2009), Sex and the City 2 (2010), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2013), Enough Said (2013) and Book Club (2018) this course explores how older women’s sexuality is (not) portrayed in mainstream films and what is visually associated with this age category. Shifting to television series such as Golden Girls (1985-1992), Orange is the New Black (2013-) and Grace and Frankie (2015-), this course analyzes to what degree television provides a space for alternative and diversified representations of aging women and their sexuality.
- Dozent/in: Saskia Fürst