Skip to comments.One More Feminist Upset Over Unfair Aging Differences
Posted on 01/02/2010 6:51:38 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
If you bother to read Joanna Weiss' column in today's Boston Globe, expect to get a sense of deja . . . lu. Like untold screeds that have preceded it, "Hollywoods burden on aging women" stamps its feet over the unequal treatment of aging in men and women.
You know: male stars are allowed to age gracefully, but women must struggle ever-harder to conform to a youthful stereotype of sex-appeal. Unfair!
The feminist response is to blame the culture, in this case embodied by Hollywood, for promoting shallow, sexist values. But the fault, dear Joanna, is not in our stars but in our ourselves, or more precisely, in our DNA.
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Call me sexist but I prefer Bardot Version 1.0 ping to Today show list.
I agree about Bardot and will add Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren, and Katherine Hepburn just to name a few.
Sour and unhappy inside works its way out into the appearance. Obviously not 100% true. But generally bitter, mean people do look less attractive than happy, well adjusted people.
Problem is that too many men think with their gonads and not with their minds and hearts, and too many women knock themselves out trying to please these guys. Hence, all the botox, surgery, etc etc. Women shouldn't do that to themselves, IMHO. Aging is a part of life.
The people I feel badly for are the ones who don't make it to "senior citizen" status.
I was going to post it myself, but was confident my fellow FReepers would get the job done.
Let’s see, according to the Boston Globe author, for what part in which film should Helen be cast in?
Nobody stays young and beautiful forever..and most men dont look so hot, either. Some men look well as they age, most dont.
“Who was more beautiful than Katherine Hepburn in her 80’s?”
True, and I can sincerely see the beauty in many older women. But it is simply silly for authors like this Boston Globe columnist to stamp their feet over the fact that, by and large, men are going to prefer younger, nubile women in leading lady parts.
I would argue that MEN are the ones discriminated against.
An older guy can’t get any if he does not have money.
An older woman CAN get it even without money.
Well, she already has a prominent role in one of the scariest horror shows ever.
It’s not your imagination. It’s that whole “Faces of Dorian Gray” thing.
She has been to court five times, and fined for "insulting Islam" and telling France the truth.
Maureen O’Hara is lovely in her 80’s and for beauty surpasses many “beauties” in Hollywood today.
It's true that audiences will have to use their imagination to visualize, say, Brigit Bardot as Mark Antony and, say, Eddie Murphy as Cleopatra, but this minor inconvenience is certainly outweighed by the elimination of such an outrageous injustice!
I'm sure eveybone agrees.
Besides, isn't this the law already???
(BTW, my New Year's Resolution is to become more Mainstream. How am I doing?)
The best looking “older” woman was and is Maureen O’Hara. She was a major league beauty who actually kept that beauty as she aged. As did Ingrid Bergman. And Marlene Dietrich.
Happy New Year to you, Mark - looking forward to another year of your intrepid venturing into the dank underbelly of liberal thought, keeping us informed and aware. Stock up on the Prilosec, looks like you're going to need it ;-)
Isn't it funny that when women are sway to their hormones they're "irrational," but when men cave into theirs, well, hey, that's just DNA, baby?
Helen was born looking like that.
I know I wouldn't.
Many thanks, Inspectorette
“Fasten your Prilosec, it’s going to be a bumpy year!” ;-)
Liberals are easy to spot in crowds and they do age quicker.
I get a kick out of the hoopla about celebrity marriage's and pregnancies between "Beautiful people". All the plastic surgery on the parents won't mean a hill of beans when they have an ugly@ss kid!
I suppose that talent might be a big discriminator. Those “older” actresses with talent (Glenn Close or Meryl Streep) seem to have NO problem finding acting jobs. And they tend to DELIVER a fine performance. The younger actresses seem to believe all the hype about being so beautiful and talented. Most times they are neither, just the right actress for that “great” role they were seen in.
As they get older, the attitude tends to keep producers and/or directors from hiring them. Feminists ideals, the idea that they need 4-5 new boyfriends a year, and the constant dieting and exercise to stay 40 pounds under a healthy weight probably help them age faster too.
Getting old can be a B****, but then you wake up and realize the alternative isn’t all that good.
Let face it, prior to 25, women hold almost all the cards. After 30, biology kicks in big time and men get their revenge. After 50, it doesn’t matter for the vast majority of us. The only ones still able to “git some strange” are those who are some combination of rich, famous, or somehow manage to stay in shape.
Nature made the qualities that most women find sexually attractive in a man (confidence & stature) increase with age, while the qualities that most men find sexually attractive in women (smooth skin and gravity free curves) decrease with age.
For every lonely 45-60 year old female unhappy over this reality, there is a 13-30 year old male who is equally unhappy.
That’s it. The Berkeley Hippie Look does not age well. AND there are choices along the way. There was a comment recently congratulating some aging liberal icon(ess) who had held out all these years and refused to ‘look beautiful,’ as if it were a sell-out.
Well, the fruits of that are — UGLY.
Merrill Streep is still doing VERY well - she keeps herself in good health -
I find it amusing that liberal woman look haggler as they age
while conservative woman become glowing and beautiful.
If you want to see a band of liberal ladies that haven’t aged well...
go to Southern California.
Plenty of gals who were probably babes in the 1960, spent every sunny
day at the beach strutting their stuff in bikinis...
and now look like wrinkled, tanned leather.
Quasimoto in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
Yeh, and by 50, some of that ‘strange’ you get could march you right to the hospital.
gag a maggot.
It should be required to post a warning first.
Uh...does she still look like a chicken?
She was never young.
I think he could have done better...
Dont’s forget Dame Judith Dench-I love her in anything she does!
you say: “Sour and unhappy inside works its way out into the appearance. Obviously not 100% true. But generally bitter, mean people do look less attractive than happy, well adjusted people.”
Actually. quite true - it’s a science: Rather like “You are what you eat” - you eventually “Look what you are”
Here Joanna. Life's a bitch for us guys too.
If women in Hollywood want to still be above-the-title stars after a certain age they need to use their money to become producers and make the movies they’d like the see made. The biggest example of how well this works is the amazingly beautiful AND talented Sandra Bullock. Can you remember ANY of the other actresses that became popular around the same time Bullock got “Speed?” Julia Ormond, Mira Sorvino, and a few others and NONE of them are $12 million stars the way that Bullock is today. Why? Because she was smart about the roles she took and she learned to make her own movies while she was still the hot young thing. She produced “Miss Congenialty” with her own money and insured that she could always cast herself if other producers wanted the next hot thing. She rarely to never gives a bad performance and she’s one of those women who has only gotten hotter with age. These harpies are all just jealous that they didn’t outsmart the system the way Bullock did.
But maybe not!