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By Laura Hurd Clarke

The first booklet within the new sequence range and getting older, Laura Hurd Clarke's Facing Age examines the connection among getting older and ladies in a tradition captivated with youthfulness. From weight achieve, to wrinkles, to sagging pores and skin, to grey hair, the ebook explores older women's advanced and sometimes contradictory emotions approximately their our bodies and the actual realities of getting old. even though the ladies within the ebook exhibit discontent approximately their getting older visage, additionally they emphasize the significance of sensible skills and recommend that visual appeal turns into much less relevant in later life.

Drawing on in-depth interviews performed over a 10 12 months interval, Hurd Clarke brings alive feminist theories approximately getting older, attractiveness paintings, femininity, and the physique. The e-book additionally discusses medication and the getting older visual appeal, with interviews from scientific services and girls approximately remedies corresponding to Botox injections and injectable fillers. This e-book makes an enormous and well timed contribution to the dialogue of gendered ageism and older women's stories of growing old in a youth-obsessed culture.

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For example, a 65-year-old, upper-class woman conveyed the following: “There are times when I can’t look at myself. I won’t look at myself in the mirror. I just look so ugly and old. It’s the image I have of myself. . ” For another 73-year-old woman who had a limited income, nakedness in front of either a mirror or her husband of 50 years resulted in feelings of shame and insecurity: We’ve a got mirror on the back of the door. I try to avoid that when I get out of the shower and I’m drying myself.

For example, Margo expresses fear about her longtime partner leaving her for the “young and so fair” Eve, alludes to concerns about her weight in relation to a girdle that she suggests is shrinking, describes her own body as a corpse that has not been completely embalmed, bemoans the fact that she is now over 40, rails against the double standard of aging, and conveys a powerful emotional rawness evoked by her gradual yet relentless obsolescence. While there have been a few Hollywood movies such as All about Eve concerning older women’s experiences of growing older, the scholarly research giving voice to older women has been noticeably limited.

Women learn from an early age that their social currency largely derives from their ability to achieve and maintain proximity to a privileged feminine appearance, which is a youthful, toned, healthy, voluptuous yet slim body. indd 21 9/15/10 6:34 AM 22 Chapter 2 others aesthetically evaluate” (Franzoi, 1995, p. 417). In particular, women’s weight as well as the size and shape of their breasts, buttocks, stomachs, and thighs are the focus of relentless scrutiny (Bartky, 1998; Bordo, 2003; Gimlin, 2002; Grogan, 2008; Wolf, 1991).

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