By Margaret Morganroth Gullette

ISBN-10: 0226310736

ISBN-13: 9780226310732

Let’s face it: virtually everyone fears getting older. We fear approximately wasting our seems, our health and wellbeing, our jobs, our self-esteem—and being supplanted in paintings and love by way of more youthful humans. It sounds like the traditional, inevitable end result of the passing years, yet what if it’s no longer? What if approximately every little thing that we expect of because the “natural” strategy of getting older is something yet?   In Agewise, well known cultural critic Margaret Morganroth Gullette unearths that a lot of what we dread approximately getting older is really the results of ageism—which we will, and may, conflict as strongly as we do racism, sexism, and different kinds of bigotry. Drawing on provocative and under-reported facts from biomedicine, literature, economics, and private tales, Gullette probes the ageism that drives discontent with bodies, our selves, and our accomplishments—and makes us effortless prey for sellers who are looking to promote us an illusory imaginative and prescient of younger perfection. Even worse, rampant ageism factors society to undefined, and now and then thoroughly discard, the knowledge and adventure bought through humans over the process maturity. The costs—both collective and personal—of this tradition of decline are nearly incalculable, diminishing our group, robbing more youthful humans of wish for an honest later existence, and eroding the satisfactions and experience of productiveness that are meant to animate our later years.   when we open our eyes to the pervasiveness of ageism, even if, we will be able to start to struggle it—and Gullette lays out formidable plans for the full existence direction, from instructing youngsters anti-ageism to fortifying the social security nets, and therefore eventually making attainable the true pleasures and possibilities promised by way of the recent sturdiness. A bracing, arguable name to fingers, Agewise will shock, enlighten, and, possibly most crucial, carry desire to readers of every age.

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Otherwise celebration is hollow. Middle-ageism prepares younger adults who overhear it for eventually accepting ice floe attitudes toward old people and perhaps themselves in later life. And by describing aging-past-youth mainly as a decline when so many people will in fact be aging longer, American culture is eerily distorting what it means to have a human life course. The Rescue: To Notice and to Care My intended audience starts with people of the age to drive, marry, and sign up for the army—old enough to think about life-beyond-youth.

The contemporary shared narrative about later life hammers the inevitable slide into decline, with a better now and a worse later. a The younger women did not in fact see Copper herself as their future, which could have been exhilarating. The Boomers, early and often described as aging, are now endlessly told how much they fear it—in gleeful or jeering tones, as if that were a historical anomaly rather than a prudent assessment of later life in the United States. People see ahead of them, in grim shadowy forms, the prospective life-course narrative that the dominant culture provides—an unlivable mind and unrecognizable body, mountainous expense.

The toes were charming. After fifty, when menopause discourse led me to expect there would be some kind of bodily “Change,” I might have deceived myself but I thought my breasts got heavier. That was an unexpected erotic gain. Like many other women touched by the magic wand of feminism, in midlife I began to overcome the self-hatred that comes of having a young female body in patriarchal, capitalist, consumerist America. Thank the goddess for no longer being so young. Many women, like me, have lived a fair amount of time together in the feminist country of later life.

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