When is the last time we wondered about Oprah’s sex life? Seriously! Remember a decade or so ago: the rumors, innuendo, whispering about Oprah and Steadman? Did they do it? Didn’t they do it? Was he gay? Was she gay? Enquiring minds wanted to know, and a good deal of time was spent over coffee and martinis trying to figure out what Oprah’s proclivities were.
Fast forward to just a few years ago: Oprah and Gayle take a cross country road trip, and there’s barely enough gossip to interest the tabloids. What happened?
Oprah turned 50 and we turned off.
Sure, we’d like to think that we became more mature as a nation; that we stopped caring about other people’s private lives; that we grew up. In truth what really happened is that Oprah is now a 56 year old woman, and the media has shown time and again that women over 50 are not thought of as sexual beings. Why should we worry if Oprah has a sex life? I mean, really -- at 56, she’s probably going home after a hard day ruling the airwaves and sitting down to her knitting!
The funny thing is that Oprah looks better, happier and, yes, sexier now than she ever did before. She’s not the only one. Take a look at Diane Sawyer, Meryl Streep, Toni Morrison, Robin Roberts, Katie Couric, Susan Sarandon and, yes, even Hilary Clinton. These women aren’t just aging; they’re thriving and it shows in the sparkle in their eyes, the swing in their step and the confidence they exude.
It’s not just celebrities either. Take a look at your friends, colleagues and neighbors. In fact, take a long look at yourself, you simmering sex pot of salacious sensuality. You have gotten older, wiser and sexier. One GrammaSutrian described it this way: “When I was in my twenties, my sexuality was determined by the number of men who looked at me. Now, in my late fifties, my sexuality is determined by the way I look at myself.”
Oprah, we may not be wondering who you’re having sex with anymore, but something tells me that you and millions of other women over 50 frankly don’t give a damn.