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...]

Margaret Cho on the Power of Reclaiming Beauty

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by Contributor Marianne Schnall, originally posted on Editor's Note: We've pulled from the vault this 2009 interview with Margaret Cho where she candidly talks about weight, beauty, body image and show business. Margaret Cho is currently starring in the new, critically acclaimed series Drop Dead Diva which … [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...]

Sweet Revenge?

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By Anne Wennerstrand Sweet revenge? Or deep grieving interrupted? The NY Post recently celebrated (without a shred of critique) a disturbing new trend affecting middle-aged women in the wake of divorce. The article describes scores of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who undergo liposuction, Botox, breast surgery, and … [Read more...]

The Lowdown on Aging

Taken from the Dove Pro-Age Campaign

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...]

View Your Body As If You Were 80

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor “What would your 80-year-old self say if she saw you right now?” I love this question. I thank Julie M. Green for posing it in her piece at Real Zest. Do you believe when you reach 80 that you’ll look back of photos of yourself at 20, 30, 40 or even 50 and think: … [Read more...]

Gray Matters

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By Emili Vesilind Special to the Los Angeles Times The brighter side of gray hair A movement is underway as everyday women forgo hair dyes and let their locks go gray. Washing that gray right out of your hair (to borrow from the famous song) is no longer a mandatory part of getting older. So asserts a growing cadre of … [Read more...]

Going Gray: Not a Black and White Matter

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Courtesy of genetics, my hair started graying in my late teens. At that point, I had already been initiated into the world of coloring my hair. At 14, I experimented with Sun-In that transformed my bangs brassy orange. Then, I used facial bleach to whiten a thick strip of my shoulder-length hair … [Read more...]

The Old and Tired


I love this letter from an LA Times reader about the representation of older folks in the media in general, and specifically in Disney's latest film UP. Just like jokes about fat people, those who are older always seem to be the target of bad writers who have have to rely on stereotypes to get easy laughs. So uninspired and tired! … [Read more...]