So how did you respond to this? I admit I laughed, I enjoyed it. But as a self-professed advocate for ageless sexuality, was I supposed to find it offensive? Hmmmm.
Does it make fun of old people who have sexual thoughts/actions, or does it shout the message that we’re never too old to be sexually adventuresome (even if only in our own mind)? Are the old people the brunt of the joke, or is it the shocked staffer in the doorway? Clearly part of the message is that we see ourselves as younger than others see us, and we do! Not to this extreme, of course — that’s what makes the video funny.
[Aside: This past week I tried on clothes in front of a well-lighted, 3-way mirror in an upscale store and faced my body in underwear with dismay. I preferred the view ten pounds ago — and before my cataract surgery! And lest you draw my attention to my “Older women wear lingerie” post, thank you, but let’s just say that parts have been shifting, plumping, and loosening since then. Since I hate the stereotype that wrinkles can’t be sexy and we’re supposed to be a certain size and shape, I’m owning my body as it is now. Just had to tell you that, though.]
Back to the commercial — I went looking for commentary on it from seniors, and found that elderblogger Ronni Bennett posted about this video in 2007. (If you don’t follow Ronni’s blog, Time Goes By: what it’s really like to get older, you should.) She quotes Chuck Nyren, who writes a blog,
Advertising to Baby Boomers, and said in his post about this commerical that the elders in the last scene should have been hot looking Boomers.
Although I agree with Nyren that the ad would have appealed more to Boomers that way, isn’t that propagating the stereotype that the age for feeling sexy stops at 61? What do you think?