By Margaret Morganroth Gullette
Let’s face it: virtually everyone fears growing older. We fear approximately wasting our appears, our future health, our jobs, our self-esteem—and being supplanted in paintings and love by way of more youthful humans. It sounds like the normal, inevitable outcome of the passing years, yet what if it’s no longer? What if approximately every little thing that we predict of because the “natural” technique of getting older is whatever yet? In Agewise, popular cultural critic Margaret Morganroth Gullette unearths that a lot of what we dread approximately getting older is de facto the results of ageism—which we will be able to, and will, conflict as strongly as we do racism, sexism, and other kinds of bigotry. Drawing on provocative and under-reported proof from biomedicine, literature, economics, and private tales, Gullette probes the ageism that drives discontent with bodies, our selves, and our accomplishments—and makes us effortless prey for dealers who are looking to promote us an illusory imaginative and prescient of younger perfection. Even worse, rampant ageism motives society to undefined, and every now and then thoroughly discard, the knowledge and adventure obtained through humans over the process maturity. The costs—both collective and personal—of this tradition of decline are virtually incalculable, diminishing our team, robbing more youthful humans of wish for a good later existence, and eroding the satisfactions and feel of productiveness that are meant to animate our later years. after we open our eyes to the pervasiveness of ageism, although, we will start to struggle it—and Gullette lays out bold plans for the total existence direction, from educating young ones anti-ageism to fortifying the social security nets, and hence ultimately making attainable the genuine pleasures and possibilities promised by means of the hot toughness. A bracing, arguable name to palms, Agewise will shock, enlighten, and, maybe most crucial, convey desire to readers of every age.
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