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Sex after 40? For sure, Miley Cyrus

Sex after 40? No way says recording artist Miley Cyrus. |  AP

Sex after 40? No way, says recording artist Miley Cyrus. | AP

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:49PM

I can’t believe I’m actually writing about Miley Cyrus AGAIN. But after she made headlines when she told Matt Lauer that people over 40 don’t have sex, I just can’t help myself.

When Cyrus heard the “Today” show host is 55, she laughed and told him, “Well, then you’re really, definitely not sexual.”

The 20-year-old Cyrus already offended many parents and adults with her highly sexualized performance at the MTV Video Music Awards and her “Wrecking Ball” video. Her latest statements have only added fuel to the fire. Many people have come forward to disagree with Cyrus and her thoughts on sex after 40. Celebrity Suzanne Somers — whose 67th birthday is Oct. 16 — says she and her husband still have sex twice a day, according to news reports.

I disagree with the entertainer’s view of adult sexuality, although it’s easy to understand why a 20-year-old might feel that way. Young people tend to have a hard time imagining their parents’ sex life, and that often translates into their assumption that all adults don’t have sex. And, let’s face it, Hollywood often associates sex with youth. It’s rare to see a movie or a television show that features a sexual relationship between two mature adults. Instead, we tend to see storylines that focus on the sex life between twenty-somethings. No wonder young people think that they have the market on sexual pleasure!

Of course, the good news is that there is no such thing as a “sexpiration” date. People can — and do — enjoy sexual pleasure well into their golden years. Though aging might cause physical or hormonal changes, with a little bit of communication and effort, you can ensure that your sex life continues.

Don’t believe me? Just ask Miley in 20 years!

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