Ive been too busy recently and havent been able to update this blog but I'm back now, having written about my work here. Do check it out and let me have any comments please!
From the Guardian this week, a great review of two new books on ageing:
Anything's possible except eternal youth. I have since bought one of the books reviewed, Lynne Segal's Out of Time: The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing and can highly recommend it. She quotes Simone de Beauvoir saying that she felt she would "Never again, be able, never again be allowed to experience new desires, or to display her yearnings publicly....'It is not I who am saying goodbye to all those things I once enjoyed, it is they who are leaving me.'" I can relate to this somewhat, but, as Segal then goes on to remind us, ten years later in Beauvoir's book All Said and Done "we find that things were neither all said nor even less so, all done. Beauvoir was busy taking control and making changes after all'
There's hope for us all!
The other review that Tessa Hadley discusses in the Guardian is Penelope Lively's Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time. I've not read this but shall check it out.
Speaking of which, another great book on ageing and 'agelessness' is Catherine Mayer's Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly'. I referred to this in much detail in my dissertation and would certainly recommend that one too.
(Thanks Alison for your comment! I'm so glad you like the book. It's fab isnt it?)
Another great comment just received from Kathryn -
"Oprah says (according to my friends) that 60 is the new 40. No it is not.
60 is 60; 40 is 40; 80 is 80 and when you are dead you are dead !!! Why fight it?"
Aint that the truth?!
So many great comments and photos streaming in - I am overwhelmed!
I particularly liked the comment from Alison who thought my own photo was that of a young girl - of course this is flattering, but then the whole point of this project ask why is it that a great thing to hear (and Alison, I'm not complaining, really!) We are often told that we look 'good for our age' which is a bit of a back handed compliment really. Can we older women just not look good? Why is looking youthful so important? I mean I do of course know the answer to that, but let's change it, eh? Hopefully this project is one of a few that will help change society's view of old(er) women!
And in case anyone missed it, here is a fantastic example of some wonderful, stylish older women who are not trying to look young - they just are vibrant and happy with themselves - check it out if youve not already seen it:
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