Created By: Dcoetzee on July 6, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on May 18, 2018

Elderly Sex Squick

When elderly characters being intimate is treated as disgusting.

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Elderly couples are usually depicted as cute, amusing, and nonsexual. When elderly people do have sex or are even just physically intimate, it's most commonly depicted as awkward or disgusting. If another character stumbles upon them (or even hears about it), they might react with disgust, claims of mental scarring, flee in terror, and so on. The couple might fulfill elderly stereotypes during the act, such as crying out "Oh, my hip!", needing to take medication, or acting confused or oblivious to social conventions.

One possible contributor is Parental Sexuality Squick - the thought that "these people are old enough to be my parents (or grandparents)!" Compare Dirty Old Man, Dirty Old Woman. Most commonly averted when the elderly character is particularly attractive.

A spinoff from this article. Need examples and aversions/subversions - but please avoid examples already covered by Parental Sexuality Squick. Avoid examples where some viewers might find it disgusting but the work does not clearly treat it as such. No Real Life Examples, Please!.


Examples

Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • July 6, 2012
    peccantis
    Nah, this should be extended to cover the whole idea that elderly sexuality is squicky. That way we could include the use of it for Fan Disservice, shock purposes, as an Acceptable Target etc. Characters having opinions doesn't sound like a trope.
  • July 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The Shock Site "Lemon Party" (or so I've heard): It's a picture of three 80 year old men in an all-gay orgy.
  • July 6, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Happens quite notably in Futurama's "Mothers's Day", when Farnsworth and Mom get it on. Oh yes!

    By the way, a couple questions. One, is lampshading a given for this, or should lampshadings of how gross it is by other characters be noted as such? Also, oddly enough, this seems to be an inherently spoiler trope, so maybe there should be a warning as such.
  • July 6, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    Captain Underpants and the Plight of the Purple Porta-Potty People: George and Harold are both horrified by their grandparents' Big Damn Kiss, and the accompanying Squicky description does not help.
  • July 6, 2012
    TwentyTwoSevenths
    In a certain episode of King Of The Hill, Hank walks in on his mom and step-dad doing it. On the kitchen table. The shock is so bad, it blinds him.
  • July 6, 2012
    MorganWick
  • July 6, 2012
    Shnakepup
    • In The Simpsons episode, "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy":
      Grampa Simpson: Welcome home, son. I broke two lamps and lost all your mail. What's wrong with your wife?
      Homer: Never mind, you wouldn't understand.
      Grampa: Flu?
      Homer: No.
      Grampa: Protein deficiency?
      Homer: No.
      Grampa: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis?
      Homer: No.
      Grampa: Unsatisfying sex life?
      Homer: N -- yes. But please, don't you say that word!
      Grampa: What, seeex? What's so unappealing about hearing your elderly father talk about sex? I had seeeeex!

    (Those last three lines would make a good page quote)
  • July 6, 2012
    Shnakepup
    Whoops...totally didn't notice that Parental Sexuality Squick is already using that for a quote. Might still fit, though, since he specifically mentions being "elderly".

    Oddly, the example itself isn't included in that article. Huh.
  • July 6, 2012
    Dcoetzee
    @peccantis @Nimmer Still Good point. I was originally including lampshading as a given in an effort to exclude examples that tropers just happened to think were disgusting even though there was no sign that was the intention - but I would also include examples that the work goes out of its way to depict as disgusting. I rewrote to suit, feel free to edit if you think you can improve it.
  • July 6, 2012
    reub2000
    • Penn And Teller Bullshit did a whole episode on the elderly and reminded us that grama and grandpa are having lots of sex.
    • On Scrubs a few people from a nursing home have been admitted to the hospital with a mysterious illness. Well Elliot learns that it's an STD that's been spreading around the nursing home she is squicked out.
  • July 5, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    A variation on Bobs Burgers, when Gene's grandparents have sex, instead of getting squicked, he gets fascinated by the moans that he records it. Gene then samples it and plays it on show and tell, which the teacher promptly sends him to the principal's office.
  • July 6, 2017
    WhirlRX
    Is this Up For Grabs?
  • July 6, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Yep
  • September 25, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Bump.
  • September 25, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    Someone more familiar with Golden Girls should write an example from that show. I don't know enough about it.
  • May 17, 2018
    4tell0life4
  • May 17, 2018
    alnair20aug93
    ^^ Don't mention that to Blanche.
  • May 18, 2018
    AnitaShower
    The 2018 revival of Roseanne saw Bev getting kicked out of the retirement home, because she was having too much sex, much to the disgust of her daughters Roseanne and Jackie.
  • May 18, 2018
    StarSword
    TV:
    • Burn Notice: Michael's mom hits it off with one of his clients, a retired SEAL named Virgil, after Mike stashes him at her house. He is appalled when he comes by the next morning to find out they slept together, although he sort of gets over it and even sets them up on a date in a later episode.
  • May 18, 2018
    StrixObscuro
    Live Action TV
    • One episode of Sirens US sees the guys called in on a supposed heart attack. It turns out that their patient is an old woman who forgot to remove her emergency necklace before having sex, and thus the guys see two old people having sex.
  • May 18, 2018
    Omeganian
    Naturally overlaps with December December Romance
  • May 18, 2018
    Astaroth
    • The XKCD strip "ages" features a timeline in which any age over 55 is associated with "more sex than anyone is comfortable admitting".
  • May 18, 2018
    Chabal2
    • Questionable Content: Marten and Tai accidentally walk in on two older teachers screwing in a staff room. The run into them later (all parties clothed this time), with the teachers discussing how urgent it is for library staff to get raises.
    • Something Positive: While visiting an apartment, Davan notices the owner (a sweet, grandmotherly looking lady) is hitting on him. He runs for it, with the landlady admiring his rear end as he goes.
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