It is possible to take the same facts in use here and come to an entirely different conclusion:
This may be bound up with hormonal changes, but is certainly connected with another shift, as one woman told me: “You get to your 50s, the male gaze is no longer turned on you and you realise how awful it was to live under it, how liberating to be free of it.” Not having to deal with, factor in, accommodate and tiptoe around this omnipresent, objectifying force releases a windfall of energy – along with legitimate anger over the huge efforts expended to date.
Hmm, fertile women are looked at – to use one possible verb – differently from past-fertile women. OK. Think we can grasp that in our sexually dimorphic species.
Perhaps you have heard about the mysterious case of the disappearing older woman, who almost overnight seems to vanish from the workplace, the media landscape and society’s line of vision. As others have chronicled, women over 40 face a sucker punch of ageism wrapped in sexism: as our youth recedes, our currency crashes.
Hmm, well, could be.
The conclusion drawn here in The Guardian is that we’re all being grossly unfair to those post-fertile women.
It being, as I say, entirely possible to take these same facts and come to a different conclusion. We’re all being grossly unfair to fertile women. That regard that the post-fertile get is just the same as the regard that all men all the time get. The problem therefore being not the depths to which the post-menopausal are cast but the pedestals the pre- are placed upon.
To test this we’d need to look at how young women are treated as against young men. For example, does a nice piece of eye candy get a job doing the weather in a manner that a young man does not? Umm, yes, maybe.
So, older ladies, welcome to our world……..