Ms Daggett and the matchmaking company ended up settling out of court.Not nearly as fazed by these "dates from hell" was Melbourne-based columnist Helen Razer, who knows firsthand how perplexing — and amusing — dating as an older woman can be.Spicer's 2014 TEDx talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has been seen by nearly 1.5 million people.And on the flipside, when a pair of American morning TV show co-hosts laughed like a pair of nervous schoolgirls and chastised Grace and Frankie star Jane Fonda for repeatedly saying the word "vibrator" on a morning television show, in March, the Today show faced backlash."This TODAY show puts America back 50 years. " wrote one commenter on You Tube, echoing the sentiments of many others."Jane and Lily are awesome, and THANK YOU for being upfront about issues that women care about," wrote another.A 2013 report by the Reserve Bank of Australia found Australians aged 55 to 64 owned total assets that far eclipsed anyone younger than them.
Or will it sink back into the firmament like so many other trends — Truman Capote films, modern westerns — before it?
Professor Imelda Whelehan, an expert on ageing and popular culture at the Australian National University, thinks the trend has resulted in part from the realisation, on behalf of media gatekeepers, that older viewers want to see their experiences reflected back at them.