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One More Feminist Upset Over Unfair Aging Differences
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

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, "Hollywood’s 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: aging; brigittebardot; feminism; hollywood
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1 posted on 01/02/2010 6:51:39 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Call me sexist but I prefer Bardot Version 1.0 ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 01/02/2010 6:52:53 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I find it amusing that liberal woman look haggler as they age while conservative woman become glowing and beautiful.
3 posted on 01/02/2010 6:55:27 AM PST by svcw (The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. GW)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Obligatory.

4 posted on 01/02/2010 6:56:33 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I agree about Bardot and will add Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren, and Katherine Hepburn just to name a few.


5 posted on 01/02/2010 6:59:54 AM PST by steppinhi (God Bless & Protect Our Troops and their families!)
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To: svcw
I find it amusing that liberal woman look haggler as they age while conservative woman become glowing and beautiful.

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.

6 posted on 01/02/2010 7:01:56 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Who was more beautiful than Katherine Hepburn in her 80's?

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.

7 posted on 01/02/2010 7:02:51 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: DogBarkTree

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?


8 posted on 01/02/2010 7:03:48 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: steppinhi

Nobody stays young and beautiful forever..and most men dont look so hot, either. Some men look well as they age, most dont.


9 posted on 01/02/2010 7:03:56 AM PST by New Yawk Minute
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To: basil

“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.


10 posted on 01/02/2010 7:05:46 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


11 posted on 01/02/2010 7:06:13 AM PST by ryan71 (TERM LIMITS)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
for what part in which film should Helen be cast in?

Well, she already has a prominent role in one of the scariest horror shows ever.

12 posted on 01/02/2010 7:08:09 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: svcw

It’s not your imagination. It’s that whole “Faces of Dorian Gray” thing.


13 posted on 01/02/2010 7:08:42 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts,"-Bridgette Bardot

She has been to court five times, and fined for "insulting Islam" and telling France the truth.

14 posted on 01/02/2010 7:09:35 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Maureen O’Hara is lovely in her 80’s and for beauty surpasses many “beauties” in Hollywood today.


15 posted on 01/02/2010 7:10:01 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: steppinhi
Maureen O'Hara - Photo at age 84


16 posted on 01/02/2010 7:10:09 AM PST by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Well, of course the resolution of this gross injustice is to force movie makers to cast actors and actresses (oh, please forgive me for this sexist distinction; I just lack the wit to do any better) without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, race, national origin--uh--did I overlook anybody? (oh, please forgive me if I did).

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?)

17 posted on 01/02/2010 7:10:55 AM PST by Savage Beast (If you throw a rock over a fence, it’s the hit dog that hollers. -Mike Huckabee)
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To: basil

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.


18 posted on 01/02/2010 7:11:39 AM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Hmmm...The Wizard of Oz is just too obvious.

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 ;-)

19 posted on 01/02/2010 7:12:25 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: DogBarkTree
Does anyone have a photo of Helen when she was young?
20 posted on 01/02/2010 7:12:39 AM PST by Bronzy
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To: basil
Problem is that too many men think with their gonads and not with their minds and hearts

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?


21 posted on 01/02/2010 7:13:38 AM PST by Cinnamontea
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To: ryan71


(from an email) Can you believe it? This guy wins $181 million in the lottery on a Wednesday, and then finds the love of his life just 2 days later.
22 posted on 01/02/2010 7:15:14 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Bronzy

Helen was born looking like that.


23 posted on 01/02/2010 7:16:04 AM PST by skimask
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To: MaryFromMichigan
LOL! You got it. But, hey, the woman's search for money is in her DNA. Can't blame her.


24 posted on 01/02/2010 7:16:11 AM PST by Cinnamontea
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I don't think Michael Douglas is complaining.

I know I wouldn't.

25 posted on 01/02/2010 7:18:00 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Inspectorette

Many thanks, Inspectorette

“Fasten your Prilosec, it’s going to be a bumpy year!” ;-)


26 posted on 01/02/2010 7:19:16 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: skimask
The old bat wasn’t born she was hatched, a new species. Her picture is in the dictionary twice, once under ugly and again under stupid. I just hope she didn’t reproduce.
27 posted on 01/02/2010 7:20:27 AM PST by Ditter
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To: svcw
It's that hate that eats at them 24/7. It takes a toll after a while.

Liberals are easy to spot in crowds and they do age quicker.

28 posted on 01/02/2010 7:21:35 AM PST by skimask
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To: basil

Barbara Stanwyck


29 posted on 01/02/2010 7:23:10 AM PST by onedoug
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To: basil
Hence, all the botox, surgery, etc etc.

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!

30 posted on 01/02/2010 7:24:19 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


31 posted on 01/02/2010 7:24:19 AM PST by rustyboots
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


32 posted on 01/02/2010 7:25:40 AM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
All young men have seen the beautiful girls their age gravitate to older boys/men. Thus, it is always with a bit of amusement that I listen to older women complain about men gravitating to younger women.

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.

33 posted on 01/02/2010 7:26:26 AM PST by SampleMan (No one should die on a gov. waiting list., or go broke because the gov. has dictated their salary.)
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To: DogBarkTree

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


34 posted on 01/02/2010 7:28:02 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "teabagger", yeah, that's me./s ><BCC>)
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To: svcw

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.


35 posted on 01/02/2010 7:28:02 AM PST by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Hey, Brigitte - don't blame it on age. Take off about 60 pounds (including a pound of eye makeup) - and without the double chins, you'd still be a beautiful lady -

Merrill Streep is still doing VERY well - she keeps herself in good health -

36 posted on 01/02/2010 7:30:50 AM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: svcw


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.


37 posted on 01/02/2010 7:30:51 AM PST by VOA
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Quasimoto in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”


38 posted on 01/02/2010 7:31:09 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "teabagger", yeah, that's me./s ><BCC>)
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To: rbg81

Yeh, and by 50, some of that ‘strange’ you get could march you right to the hospital.


39 posted on 01/02/2010 7:31:48 AM PST by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: DogBarkTree

gag a maggot.
It should be required to post a warning first.
LOL


40 posted on 01/02/2010 7:32:28 AM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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...a beautiful lady - Merrill Streep...

Uh...does she still look like a chicken?

41 posted on 01/02/2010 7:33:31 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: Bronzy

She was never young.

42 posted on 01/02/2010 7:35:30 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: MaryFromMichigan

I think he could have done better...


43 posted on 01/02/2010 7:35:51 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "teabagger", yeah, that's me./s ><BCC>)
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To: steppinhi

Dont’s forget Dame Judith Dench-I love her in anything she does!


44 posted on 01/02/2010 7:35:51 AM PST by Cordio
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To: ChildOfThe60s

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”

Physiognomy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physiognomy


45 posted on 01/02/2010 7:37:20 AM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: Bronzy
The young helen’s family portrait:
46 posted on 01/02/2010 7:41:20 AM PST by sticker
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Here Joanna. Life's a bitch for us guys too.

47 posted on 01/02/2010 7:45:00 AM PST by Popman (Election 2010: Congress: your pink slips are coming ............... :)
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To: maine-iac7

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.


48 posted on 01/02/2010 7:46:30 AM PST by jyoders19
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To: svcw
I think this one might be a liberal --

But maybe not!

49 posted on 01/02/2010 7:47:25 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: DogBarkTree
"she was never young" True - but from that to this? That's a lot of added ugly - that's what an uber liberal mind will do to you. Young gals, beware! ;o)
50 posted on 01/02/2010 7:47:25 AM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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