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Allison Moore, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences & Paul Reynolds, Reader in Sociology and Social Philosophy International Network for Sexual Ethics and.

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1 Allison Moore, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences & Paul Reynolds, Reader in Sociology and Social Philosophy International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics & Social Sciences, Edge Hill University Older Care Home Residents & Sexuality/Intimacy Knowledge Exchange

2 Three sets of issues are raised by the OPUS project 1. The role of the professional and residence in facilitating intimacy and sex 2. The question of consent 3. The politics of aging and sexuality 2 OPUS INSEP

3 The Politics of Aging and Sexuality The generational paradox – generational change and the increasingly tensions of services and values within traditional prejudicial and pathological paradigms Technologies and pedagogies as impetus for change Erotophobia, age and change – thinking about commodities, abuse and oppression Citizenship from legal prohibitions to positive engagement – from freedom from to freedom to – facilitation as more than optional – but possibly discretionary The ‘Grey’ or ‘Third Age’ rights agenda – and how sex fits The Question of Diversity and Sexual Relationships /Behaviour 3 OPUS INSEP

4 The role of the professional and residence in facilitating intimacy/sex Considering the professional -The authoritative, collaborative, critical reflexive and disabling professional Questions of professional role – scope and limits Thinking the professional/client relationship Thinking the professional point of intervention Questions of intrusion or demarcations of space Questions of how thinking of intimacy/sex stimulates rethinking the organisation of care 4 OPUS INSEP

5 The Question of Consent Valid Consent and Lack: Informed Competent Free from Coercion Consent may be the ‘gold standard’ but we need to draw from a broader agenda – care ethics and virtue ethics The protection agenda versus reasonable, necessary and sufficient conditions 5 OPUS INSEP

6 Reflections This issue is going to get more and more important – it is one of the most important features of care ethics and politics for the next 15 years Training workers with the ‘elderly’ has a role, but there are limits to the training agenda – more radical thinking is necessary We need to prioritise the dignity and experience of older sexual people (and not just them) – which has significant implications for law, professional practice and sexual ethics This is an extension of a society wide notion of what sexualised citizenship should be 6 OPUS INSEP


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