Aging Through the Eyes of a 23-Year-Old

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By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2014 I grew up continents away from my grandparents—they lived in Russia and Israel, and I lived in Chicago. Yes, I got to visit them every few years or so, but I never had an understanding of what life was like for them. I knew on a superficial level some of the struggles they had to go through, but … [Read more...]

A New Wrinkle on Old Research

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By Susie P. Gonzalez Previous body image research has revealed the negative effects of "fat talk" in girls and young women, but new research by psychology professor Carolyn Black Becker of Trinity University and others suggests that the dissatisfaction with a woman's self-image may become more complex as she ages and move … [Read more...]

Aging Gracefully in a World of Anti-Aging

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by Sally McGraw My girl Audi made this request: I’d love to see you do a piece about embracing our bodies and faces as we age. It bums me out to see so many attractive women succumbing to the pressure to look “younger” through cosmetic surgery and Botox and all that. You’ve written a lot about loving your body the way it is … [Read more...]

Ironing Out The Wrinkles of Wanting Plastic Surgery

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by Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor "You look different but I'm not sure what it is," I prod my Argentine friend Marcela. "Botox," she says with a smile. "Now I know why your eyes look bigger." "Oh really? Great!" "Where did they inject it?" "I had my eyes and forehead done. Looks good, no?" she says running her … [Read more...]

Aging, Beauty and the Folly of Chasing Perfection

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By Tami Winfrey Harris Originally posted at What Tami Said. Updated for Adios Barbie. When I smile, I get this little pocket under each eye. It's a little puffy bag made more noticeable, I think, because my eyes are very small. I didn't notice this particular little facial quirk until I was in my early 30s. But if you notice, … [Read more...]

Beauty and the Double Standard of Aging

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By Lisa Wade, PhD Cross-posted from Sociological Images Today I had the pleasure of reading a 1978 essay by Susan Sontag titled The Double Standard of Aging.  I was struck by how plainly and convincingly she described the role of attractiveness in men’s and women’s lives: [For women, o]nly one standard of female beauty is … [Read more...]

Plastic Wrap–Turning Against Cosmetic Surgery

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  Trend Line is Clear: Decline since 2004 By Margaret Morganroth Gullette It was a shock to find after I had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from the side of my nose that I needed cosmetic surgery. I trusted my surgeon, and I trust she did as good a job as she could. But as I feared, the repair didn’t go well: the … [Read more...]

Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes

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By Sharon Haywood In the summer of 2010 photographer Keith Seat gave life to the project “Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes” based out of Washington, DC. He has compiled a wonderful array of black-and-white photos, using non-professional models over the age of 4o. (The oldest models to date are in their mid-70s). He explains his … [Read more...]

Older Leading Ladies and the Evolution of Hollywood

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Between 2003 and 2009, the number of roles for older women in film and on television more than doubled. Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times wrote: According to the Screen Actors Guild, in 2003 women older than 40 accounted for 11 percent of the female film and TV roles (excluding reality shows); by 2009 that number was up to … [Read more...]

The Lowdown on Aging

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By Cherry Woodburn at The Mother Load These days, and for many years now, I can say with ease: • I’m smart. • I'm confident in my abilities. • I’m a good problem solver. • I say no. • I make friends easily. • I’m willing to take risks. • I’m worth showering myself with self-care. • I’ve learned to tame my inner … [Read more...]