Created By: Dcoetzee on July 6, 2012 Last Edited By: Dcoetzee on July 6, 2012

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.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • 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.
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