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Jane Fonda Talks Sex (or Lack Thereof) at 80 Years Old

Jane Fonda is ready to shake things up with her latest role in the very fun, feisty chick flick Book Club. While Fonda is no stranger to speaking up about social and political causes she feels strongly about (she recently advocated for the Time’s Up movement), we don’t often get too much insight into her personal life. That all changed while she was on the red carpet for the Book Club premiere over the weekend.

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When Extra got the chance to lob a couple of questions Fonda’s way, the actor made an important point about why Book Club would appeal to audiences. “It’s about very important things: friendship and sex. And that it’s okay for older women to have both.”

A movie that champions older women having fulfilling sex lives is always a wonderful thing and something we support wholeheartedly. Admittedly, though, all this talk about older women reclaiming their sexuality and reexploring it in an empowered way has us wondering: Is Fonda still actively dating?

“I’m not dating anymore, but I did up until a couple of years ago,” she told Extra, adding, “I’m 80. I’ve closed up shop down there!”

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You’ve got to admit there’s something refreshing about Fonda’s candor when it comes to talking about her sex life. Thrice-married and fresh off a 2017 split from her boyfriend of eight years, record producer Richard Perry, one might guess Fonda’s happy with the romantic life she’s had thus far and is comfortable enough to call the shots on her own relationship, especially when it comes to having sex If she wants to close up shop, good golly, let her close up shop. This woman is living her best life, and it doesn’t have to fit into any preconceived notions we have about how older women do it.

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