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Every Body Can LIVE WELL AT FORTY FIVE Magazine Issue 2021 15

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The magazine for women 45+ who want to own aging with spirit and joy. For those of us rediscovering who we are and exploring what we want next. And we want more; health, wealth, happiness, and fulfillment.

EDITOR’S NOTES We

EDITOR’S NOTES We launched the sexual revolution. The boomer generation, is the one which broke the chains of sexual oppression, with women taking ownership of their bodies, bringing premarital sex, homosexuality, masturbation and kinks out from under the covers so to speak. I wonder then how and why many of us are emerging on the other side of 45 prudish and disconnected from our sexuality? How did we go from indulging our fantasies with Erica Jong’s The Fear Of Flying to gasping at the lame vibrator for older women business of Jane Fonda’s and Lily Tomlin’s in Grace and Frankie. Society has reined us in it seems. Aided by the media, we fetishize youth in the arena of sex. In the back of our mind, there is disquiet that the aged body is less desirable. It often begins with the changes in our body in our childbearing years. Even though we might have birthed a human, we struggle to embrace the new version of our body. Aging is a natural progression. The wonder of you is worthy of celebration and appreciation always. There is a fascinating book making the rounds called “Come As You Are” by Emily Nagoski. I have yet to read it, but I sat in on a discussion with a group of women. First off, as much as men have idolized our role in their sexual pleasure, it is a startling fact that women’s sexuality has been far less interesting to the world of science. It is vastly understudied. The premise of the book is fundamental. To experience the full pleasure of life, you need to know and embrace every part of your body. We each have a unique equation of accelerators and brakes that we should explore and get to know intimately. Then we can accept our individuality and appreciate there is nothing we are comparable to. Emily shares that one of the most common questions she gets is what does a “normal” vagina look like? It is a bid to feel confident that ours is not flawed in comparison. Now isn’t that just silly when you see it in black and white and yet that is exactly what we women do repeatedly. How well do you know your sexual being? Now is the perfect time to explore it and get back to the basics of embracing your sexuality, your sexiness, and your beautiful body. SHERRY KALLERGIS EDITOR

Image Credit: April Rose More Photography “GOOD SEX IS LIKE GOOD BRIDGE. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A GOOD PARTNER, YOU’D BETTER HAVE A GOOD HAND.” Mae West

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