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"Finally, [they think] 'I'm going to have great sex', and it's not working, and there's nothing you can do about it."No wonder filmmakers and TV show creators have come running.

It follows numerous recent articles examining the experiences — and cultural significance — of older women, including from Australia's Jane Caro and journalists from the New York Times.

But while commentators say pop culture's embracing of stories about older women is a positive development for a generation that has been habitually ignored by mainstream media, many women on the dating scene say the stories hitting our screens and bookstores don't quite capture how messy it can be to pursue a romantic relationship when you're in your late forties and up.

Until only recently, that sort of show seemed like an impossibility, with the sexual and dating experiences of older women having long been considered either worthy of derision (see any Golden Girls episode) or ratings poison.

Just ask Amy Schumer, whose widely praised video skit, Last F***able Day, sent up the previously unspoken Hollywood "law" that women above the age of 40 are as desirable as drywall.

Ms Daggett and the matchmaking company ended up settling out of court.

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.

There might also be a growing awareness among writers and filmmakers that older people's relationships are inherently more complicated — and therefore "juicier" — says Professor Whelehan, because their love lives frequently involve more family members."A friend of mine who's about my age said she had to have an embarrassing conversation with her quite-old mother about safe sex," she says.Prior to that, Amy Schumer, who wrote the skit, tried in vain for three years to find a woman willing to be in it.In Australia, 50-something women in the media such as Lisa Wilkinson and Tracey Spicer have gained major traction for talking about their age.It's a conversation that could've been ripped from the third season of Grace and Frankie, which revolves around a company that Fonda's character and her best friend, played by Lily Tomlin, establish to create vibrators for older women — their kids are embarrassed.But according to older women on the dating scene, that plotline doesn't even begin to reflect the mountains of drama and humiliation they're routinely forced to navigate while pursuing a relationship.While many women in their 50s and up say they feel more sexually liberated than they did in their 20s — finally released from the worry of getting pregnant, and more comfortable with their bodies — they are frequently tumbling into bed with men who suffer from erectile dysfunction."I hear this from a lot of my girlfriends, and it's depressing," writer Kerri Sackville said.