I met with a young teenager today to talk about sex and sexuality. I asked her to think about and then list how a person might express their sexual being in the following six life phases:

Infancy
Childhood
Adolescence
Young Adulthood
Middle Adulthood
Old Age

The question was fascinating for her. She came up with a complete blank on anything sexual in infancy or old age. She only listed masturbation under childhood and adolescence. Once we got into the process, though, and really started expanding on the idea of what sexuality meant, and what might instigate a beginning or an end of different expressions of sexuality, her lists became much more inclusive and insightful.

I’m interested in what you think about this question. How does sexuality express itself through the life cycle?