The leisure of older women is subject to prejudices of both
ageism and sexism.
Gender roles and identities lock women into leisure which is experienced
mostly within the confines of the home. The lack of material resources also
limits their ability to undertake a wider range, as well
as a greater number, of
leisure activities within the public sphere outside the home.
become emphasised in the more mature years of a woman's life, such that
leisure expectations that are assumed for the Third Age seldom
the study of older women in Singapore, it was found that many engaged in
home-bound activities and where these extended into public spaces, the
activities conformed to gender and age expectations and
according to material
resources. The paper argues that leisure, especially for older
women, must be contextualised; it requires an understanding of how social
gender and age identities and roles, and therefore shape the
leisure outcomes and spaces in which they are carried out.