The anti-aging paradox {Freelance Article}

by Rachel on September 20, 2012

“Most of the conversations about women who have aged gracefully seem innocent enough. Celebrating beautiful older women instead of just focusing on beautiful women who are under the age of 25 sounds like a great idea. Not to mention, including gray hair and laugh lines in the beauty standard is a wonderful thing. And in the age of Botox and extreme plastic surgery, so too is reminding women that they don’t have to go that route to be considered beautiful.

But while it seems good on the surface — and I have no doubt that a lot of people who talk about beautiful older women truly mean well — I have to wonder if we’re actually doing more harm than good here.”

You can read the rest of my post The anti-aging paradox: Are we really changing the standard of beauty? on Color Me Rouge. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Annabelle September 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

This is totally unrelated to the actual post, but I just thought I’d give you a heads up that on your “Contact Me” page, there’s no e-mail form to fill out for people to actually, well, contact you. Unless it’s just my lame ass work computer that’s refusnig to show it for some reason (your blog is basically my life-saver during downtime at work, by the way).

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2 Rachel September 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Crap it keeps disappearing! Thanks for letting me know!

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3 Sabrina September 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I agree with your points, particularly that the media often denigrates women who have plastic surgery, but at the same time criticize women who “look old” for not taking care of themselves as they age.

What kind of changes do you think we can make to include older women in our definitions of beauty, without calling attention to it and making them seem like anomalies?

Personally, I’d like to just see more diversity of people in North American television and films. Although it’s not perfect, I feel that British television does a better job of featuring actors who – while still attractive – aren’t interchangeable. This could easily include women of all ages, traditionally beautiful or not. The more we see things, the less they seem like anomalies.

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