Older women have always known this, but keep pretty quiet about it because of the mud that is hurled at them if they speak out. Kissing can also help older people to be healthier. Drugs such as camphor were prescribed to help with unwanted sexual urges. Well, wake up, what's new? And so women in their middle years respond by seeking more and more sex. However, for a large number of women, things tend to stay very stable over time in terms of their sexuality. The Pennell study of attempted to demystify what, for many, remains a taboo subject, and to show that sex is important to many older women. Many of them may simply be more comfortable with sex than women in their teens and early 20s. Certainly, most of the older female pop stars I've known are incapable of entering a recording session without first eyeing up a promising young male guitarist. As I pointed out in March, most men remain sexually active into their 70s. His influential contemporary, Dame Mary Scharlieb MD, thought it was 'extremely pathetic to find women well on to 50 years of age who are apparently as keen on sexual enjoyment as a bride might be'. Look at our society's emphasis on youth and beauty and the way it despises signs of age; witness the furore when an older woman behaves in a sexual way and lets on that she still likes sex and wants it. Why would women be more sexually active in their middle years than in their teens and 20s? But today we can say that sex is better when you are older because of experience, independence, relief from the risk of pregnancy and, frankly, my dear, just not giving a damn. Women of our grandmothers' generation were even thought insane for loving sex. Women have as much erectile tissue in their pelvis as men do in their penis. By contrast, men's sexual interest and output, usually measured by a reported number of orgasms per week, peaks in the teen years and then settles to a steady level an average of three orgasms per week for most of their lives.