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We cannot let others define aging for us.

….We must, as we have done before,

…………….redefine this stage for ourselves.purple quote 2

Sibylesque Signature purple...Roman border 2Born after WW2, we fought to redefine womanhood at every stage.

We rejected our parents conservative values to embrace the anti-establishment culture of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll although you may not have scored your full quota there. We did not stay-at-home like our mothers choosing to juggle child-rearing with work commitments without paid leave.

We’re educated or we stitched together an education as we went. We have married, divorced and married again. Many of us are single. We have wined, dined and travelled. We read and we have an interest in the arts, philosophy, history, more.

Now we have to fight yet another stereotype, this time of the aging woman. It is so insipid. Some government department will send you a brochure Sibyls Emblem Red Frescoepicturing grinning, grey-haired, polo-fleece wearing seniors on bicycles, whose duty it is, we guess, to quietly ride off grinning into the sunset. Or some patronising 30-something editor will suggest that you too can look like Christie Brinkley at 60. Great! We’re meant to be Bimbos 4Eva. Grimmer yet is the old age stereotype. You know the ‘little old lady’ package. She is a wrinkled, grey-headed, hairy-chinned, fragile, dithery, shuffling shell of a woman stripped of all individuality. Aging is no romp in the park. But it is not this hollow, characterless cartoon sketch either.

We cannot let others define aging for us. We must, as we have done before, redefine this stage for ourselves.

We must reinvent aging.

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  1. Belinda Pearson says

    This year (2014) I have participated in a number of tertiary student films and enjoyed myself and enjoyed watching them collaborating, apparently in a very adult fashion.
    It is clear that old women (I am 73) are, to this group, either
    1. sweet grandmotherly types
    2. crabby bossy unreasonable crones
    3. dying
    We wryly see ourselves as the moving parts of the set – no agency at all.

    • says

      Hello Belinda,

      Good to hear from you even if your observations are a touch tragic for those of us in the senior category. As I said before, If You’d like to write, about your experiences with the younger demographic this time, please do. SEnd copy to the e-mail address above.

      Cheers and Happy Christmas

      Kerry Cue

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