“Sudden Adulthood”: How Growing Up Too Fast Is a Normal Part of Life


By Lisbeth Leftwich, Intern 2015 The Millennial generation is a harbinger of doom ... or so the media would have us believe. Since this generation started to enter its teenage years, multitudes of articles have condemned the ways a zombielike obsession with technology coupled with over-nurturing since birth created millions of … [Read more...]

29 Lessons I’ve Learned About My Body in 29 Years

Angélica Portales

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 Oh, hello there, 29th birthday. Here come the wrinkles. Is that a gray hair? Are parts getting ... droopier? As a woman, I think I'm supposed to feel some kind of fear or anxiety about the approaching third decade of my life: the signs of aging, the mortgage, the sense that I'm supposed to … [Read more...]

5 Unexpected Truths About Aging No One Talks About

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by Cyndi Springford   “Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.” — Gloria Steinem My early impressions of aging were, of course, procured by watching my parents deal with it. Both of them have their fair share of hang-ups when it comes to appearance. Mom would spend almost two hours fussing … [Read more...]

Aging Through the Eyes of a 23-Year-Old


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


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


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


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


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


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

by jassy165

  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...]