Cost-Benefit Analysis of Getting Laid When You’re Over 60

Joyce Wadler, my new hero, shares via the NYT the kind of calculus she does when deciding whether to pop a $35 pill that will help her get to knockin’ boots:

The older woman’s cost of love: $880 a year. I am not the sort of person who would ever put a dollar value on intimacy, but $880 is a winter coat. Two nights in a Paris hotel. Dinner for two at the most expensive restaurant in New York, although that gave my companion such heartburn he couldn’t lie down until three in the morning and would have negated any love drug benefits, were we able to afford both and had that sort of relationship.

Happily, I am not one of those women who has to decide between cat food and hormones.

Also, after crunching the numbers, I realized things were not as bad as I had thought. Dividing the annual cost of product ($880) by estimated number of encounters (conservatively, twice a week or 104), I saw it would be only $8.46 per event. And if the guy surprises you with a trip to the Caribbean in February you could probably get it down to $7.

All I can think is 1. that’s a really nice coat, and 2. that we should all be so lucky to have sex (“conservatively”!!) twice a week when we are over 60 / me right now. Oh and 3. I want to be Joyce Wadler’s best friend.

Photo: See-ming Lee


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sony_b (#225)

Egad. This is, unfortunately, relevant to my interests. It isn’t just the 60-something set that has to think of this stuff. My ovaries are coming out next month and I’ll be immediately in menopause at 42.

honey cowl (#1,510)

I agree with you Meaghan! 2x/week is not especially *conservative*…right??? right??

Meaghano (#529)

@honey cowl god help me

honey cowl (#1,510)

@Meaghano i’m in my 20s for gods sake!

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