By Laura Hurd Clarke
The 1st booklet within the new sequence range and getting older, Laura Hurd Clarke's dealing with Age examines the connection among getting older and girls in a tradition enthusiastic about youthfulness. From weight achieve, to wrinkles, to sagging epidermis, to grey hair, the e-book explores older women's complicated and sometimes contradictory emotions approximately their our bodies and the actual realities of getting older. even if the ladies within the publication show discontent approximately their getting older visage, additionally they emphasize the significance of practical skills and recommend that visual appeal turns into much less primary in later lifestyles. Drawing on in-depth interviews carried out over a 10 yr interval, Hurd Clarke brings alive feminist theories approximately getting older, attractiveness paintings, femininity, and the physique. The e-book additionally discusses drugs and the getting older visual appeal, with interviews from scientific services and ladies approximately remedies similar to Botox injections and injectable fillers. This e-book makes an immense and well timed contribution to the dialogue of gendered ageism and older women's stories of growing old in a youth-obsessed tradition.
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Indd 45 9/15/10 6:36 AM 46 Chapter 3 unlike a 71-year-old, middle-class woman who recounted: “I was 128 pounds when I got married and I’m 125 now. I haven’t gone up or down over time either. ” While the aforementioned woman noted that she had not worked at maintaining her weight, most of the women who had “stayed the same” had exercised strict discipline over their bodies and their consumption of food. For example, an 81-year-old, middle-class woman had this to say: You’re damn right I don’t let myself gain weight!
Despite the differences across social positions, the research suggests dissatisfaction with appearance is pervasive among younger women whose feelings about themselves as individuals, their perceived social worth, and their attitudes toward their bodies are shaped in deleterious ways by patriarchal beauty ideology. However, there continues to be limited understanding and exploration of how beauty ideologies influence the experiences and attitudes of older women. AGEISM AND BEAUTY IDEOLOGY By virtue of its emphasis on youthfulness, the extant beauty ideal embodies and exacerbates ageist assumptions and interpretations of the aging female body.
Thus, older women are among the most devalued and marginalized social groups. The extant literature is replete with examples of “gendered ageism” (Ginn & Arber, 1995, p. , 2007) and with regard to pensions and retirement (Calasanti & Slevin, 2001; Ginn & Arber, 1993, 1996). , 2007). Women also have a greater likelihood of trying to appear as youthful as possible in order to defend against age stereotyping (Itzin & Phillipson, 1995). Despite their efforts, women tend to be perceived as being older than their same-aged male counterparts by employers and managers and they achieve peak earnings at a younger age than men (Duncan & Loretto, 2004; Itzin & Phillipson, 1993).