Kathy Lette is one of our favourite guests and a good mate of Deborah Hutton.
Kathy is prolific in writing books that not only strike at our funny bone but also talks about things that really matter.
In this video, Deborah interviews Kathy about her book and her new doctorate.
Kathy says the best thing about getting older is that you might be growing more hairs on your chin but at least you can’t see them.
“All the things that women go through from period cramps to stretching your birth canal the customary 5km, mastitis and the menopause and just when everything goes quiet you start growing a beard – how can that be fair?” Kathy asks.
Recently, Kathy was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Univesity of Wollongong. Kathy says she is only just getting over the honour of it.
Kathy said the awarding of the doctorate was a “tribal” event and she has only just taken off the hat.
MENOPAUSE, LIBIDO AND TOY BOYS
According to Kathy, there is a libido light at the end of the menopause tunnel. Especially for women choosing HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).
To start, Deborah shares her thoughts on the “unfair” impact of menopause on a woman’s libido.
“I slightly disagree with you because I was thinking, who are the most sexually voracious people I know?” said Kathy.
“(And it’s) divorced women in their 50’s who are taking HRT,” she said. “They want their last hormonal hurrah and they are hungry.”
So can you have a libido on HRT?
“Definitely,” says Kathy Lette.
“When I got my menopause, suddenly I was having my own weather,” said Kathy. “I lost my sparkle, I lost my oomph, my confidence, I felt angst-ridden, I felt like a teenager except with wrinkles instead of pimples.”
“So I asked around and all the women I knew who had their mojo and had their zest were all taking some form of HRT,” said Kathy.
Kathy believes that HRT is not a “one size fits all” approach and recommends finding a “bespoke” solution with your Doctor.
“For me, I think it’s great and also you do get to keep your sexual appetite, so just watch out,” said Kathy.
So is there a light at the end of the tunnel with menopause?
“I think a toy boy is the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Kathy.
“Now we’ve come of age and we’re successful and independent in our own right. I would say to my women friends, look younger, seek and ye shall find,” said Kathy.
“Younger men, (of course) they love older women. We know our way around the wine list, we have great lingerie, we don’t want babies, we’re witty, warm and wise,” said Kathy. “What’s not to love?”
WHY ONLINE DATING OVER 50 CAN WORK
Whether you’re looking for companionship, a “toy boy” or perhaps the next great love of your life, Kathy Lette believes getting online can work in the digital age of dating. In this video, Kathy and Deb discuss the benefits of online dating over 50 and the places to go to find a “bloke”.
Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues. Puberty Blues was made into a major film and a TV mini-series. After several years as a newspaper columnist and television sitcom writer for Columbia Pictures in America, she wrote numerous international bestsellers including Mad Cows (which was made into a film starring Joanna Lumley and Anna Friel), How to Kill Your Husband and Other Handy Household Hints (recently staged by the Victorian Opera, Australia), To Love, Honour and Betray and “The Boy Who Fell To Earth” (soon to be filmed by Emily Mortimer). Her novels have been published in seventeen languages around the world. Kathy appears regularly as a guest on the BBC and Sky News. She is also an ambassador for Women and Children First, Plan International and the White Ribbon Alliance.
In 2004 she was the London Savoy Hotel’s Writer in Residence where a cocktail named after her can still be ordered. Kathy is an autodidact (a word she obviously taught herself) but in 2010, received an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University.
Kathy lives in London with her husband and two children. She cites her career highlights as once teaching Stephen Fry a word, Salman Rushdie, the limbo and scripting Julian Assange’s cameo in the Simpsons 500th episode.”