A new term—sexoomers—challenges sterotypes about aging while embracing sapiosexuality

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      We've all heard of the boomers, those aging and often asset-rich older folks who gave the world sky-high housing prices.

      Then there's Gen X—those born from the mid 1960s to early 1980s, who were immortalized in Vancouver author Douglas Coupland's book, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture.

      But now, there's a new term, sexoomers, that's being used to describe women who cross over between Gen X and the boomers. Coined by the Love & Sexcess website, which bills itself as being "for intellectually & sexually curious lovers", it applies to "all of us who don't accept that 'aging is a dirty word' ".

      Some who represent this movement, according to the article on the website, are 56-year-old model Paulina Porizkova, 83-year-old actor Jane Fonda, 56-year-old actor-model Elizabeth Hurley, and 56-year-old model Helena Christensen.

      "From our perspective, sexual fulfillment is a life journey and sex does not roll over and go to sleep after we’re 40 … or 50 or 60 or 70. Unless we let a culture that’s obsessed with youth, equate a woman’s age and sexuality with invisibility," it states.

      Moreover, the article notes that Porzikova and all the other women who embrace aging reflect one of the website's favourite words: sapiosexual.

      For those who've never heard this term before, the noun describes a person who finds intelligence sexually attractive or arousing.

      "Sapiosexuality means that a person is sexually attracted to highly intelligent people, so much so that they consider it to be the most important trait in a partner," WebMD states. "It is a relatively new word that has become more popular in recent years."

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