From the time a woman is seven years old till she dies of old age, she is ready
for action, and competent. As competent as the candlestick to receive the candle.
But man is only briefly competent:...After fifty his performance is of poor
quality; the intervals between are wide, and its satisfactions of no great quality
to either party; whereas his great-grandmother is as good as new.
- Letters from the Earth
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