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Old 09-17-2012, 10:57 AM   #1
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Default Why do 90 year old women have sex drives?

Why do 90 year old women have sex drives? Based on evolutionary theories on sexual behavior, sexual drives are absolutely tied to reproduction. I understand that reproductive urges can exist without the intent or even the capacity to reproduce but these exceptions are individuals who are in groups that overwhelmingly have the ability to reproduce. For instance, it is possible that a 20 year old male or female has a condition that prevents them from reproducing.However, most 20 year old adults can reproduce.

So again why do 90 year old women have sex drives? No 90 year old woman has the ability to become pregnant. Thus, it would conform to Darwinian logic that these women would lack a mating strategy. In other words, according to evolutionary logic, 90 year old women would be asexual. I would think mating strategies would apply to those who only have the ability to reproduce.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:38 AM   #2
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not to be rough, but a 90 year old having sex is just, eww. I just envisioned it.
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Is there a study to support this? Let me understand this logic - people should only have or want sex if they're in the reproductive years?? If a woman's not fertile, she stops having any desire? If a 90 yr is healthy and physically able, don't see why she can't have sex.
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Default Re: Why do 90 year old women have sex drives?

Not everything follows logic.

For one thing, a lot of these hormones have more than one purpose, so they exist for other reasons and may continue to have sex drive as a side effect, if you like.

Secondly, a person might desire sexual relations as a mental or physical state, in that sex has always been enjoyable for them and perhaps has always been a valued bonding experience for them, so they might continue to perform those behaviours for other reasons than bodily need.

And I guess thirdly, in some species sex is used as a bonding behaviour, not just a reproductive behaviour (this can also be seen in how some specially habitually perform acts between same sex individuals). Although one might consider a 90 year old individual extreme, from an evolutionary point of view, she might still need to perform those bonding behaviours with an "alpha male" for as long as she is able.
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Technically a woman's ability to have children ends after menopause, which is usually in the late forties or early to mid-fifties. If she is still willing and enjoys it, then why not? Besides, what younger woman would want to have sex with a 90 year old man on Viagra, assuming it will work for him?
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??? Lots of info on age/sex online if you look. Are you just soliciting opinions with your questions?
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If she can engage in sex and enjoy it at age 90 I say go for it,
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Is there a study to support this? Let me understand this logic - people should only have or want sex if they're in the reproductive years?? If a woman's not fertile, she stops having any desire? If a 90 yr is healthy and physically able, don't see why she can't have sex.
I agree with you, but according to Darwinian logic, women who are 90 years old should lack "reproductive urges". I do not believe sexual urges are biologically linked to reproduction. Thus, I believe EVERY capable 90 year old man and woman who does not have either an extreme or dangerous medical condition should have the right to have sex with any adult.
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Not everything follows logic.

For one thing, a lot of these hormones have more than one purpose, so they exist for other reasons and may continue to have sex drive as a side effect, if you like.
Perhaps but Darwinian theories on sex are posited as facts rather than conjecture. It seems to me that there are other explanations regarding sexual behavior that may be equally valid as the conventionally theories that are promoted from evolutionary psychology.

Based on my understanding Darwinian theory of sex, either all or the vast majority of human sexual urges are linked to reproduction. Based on my readings, this claim is considered a no brainer. I fundamentally disagree with this viewpoint. If you have studies that posit that there are other purposes for sex besides procreation, can you please provide these links.

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Secondly, a person might desire sexual relations as a mental or physical state, in that sex has always been enjoyable for them and perhaps has always been a valued bonding experience for them, so they might continue to perform those behaviours for other reasons than bodily need.
I have not seen studies from conventional evolutionary psychologists that paint sex biologically as a bonding experience. Based on my understanding they consider any use of sexuality that deviates from reproduction is a cognitive adaptation. They still maintain that sexuality's biological and instinctive purpose is to attempt to procreate.


[QUOTE]And I guess thirdly, in some species sex is used as a bonding behaviour, not just a reproductive behaviour (this can also be seen in how some specially habitually perform acts between same sex individuals).[QUOTE/]
Could it be possible that humans are one of those species?
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Maybe you're too worried about Darwin.......Darwinitis perhaps.
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