The older women on TV though...that's kind of limited and you can't make mistakes. Those reckless days are over lady and all you have to show for it is the very usual 1 in 4 women have it HPV virus. And possibly a sporadic outbreak of oral herpes. Older women may occasionally look wistfully at themselves in the mirror and recall their glory days of yore. This makes it clear that you understand those days are OVER.
One older woman has clearly not been watching TV. 55 year old Candace Krick of Colorado has missed her cue to disappear and instead taken part in her photographer daughter Natalie Krick's project. The Daily Mail calls her "brave".
we don't dislike older women but we don't really see them.
Krick told NY Mag the act of photographing her mother in such poses has thrown up questions such as "Is this who I am going to be when I grow up? Am I going to turn into this woman?" If I were Krick I'd kind of hope so. The reactions have been varied and opinionated: "There's this Skittles photo that look like she has erect nipples ... I mean, it's funny. We both thought it was hilarious. I remember showing this photograph in grad school at one of my reviews and one of the men in the room was like, 'This is not funny. She should be embarrassed that her headlights are on.' I think a lot of the time, people view my work as a critique against my mom. I think that some of the pictures make them uncomfortable - like, this is an older woman being sexualized. I think itâs really powerful but can also make people uneasy and sometimes they lash out."
The photos throw up an interesting dichotomy, society is undecided on the overtly sexy lady as it is. We like to look at them but we don't like them. And we don't dislike older women but we don't really see them. Combine the two and we find it kind of rude, not rude as in lewd but how dare you demand attention.
Older women should see their invisibility as a blank slate. With the official middle age being pushed up to around 47 thanks to increased longevity we should see this as an opportunity to define (I say define and not redefine because arguably there's little precedent) what and who an older woman is. Because one day she's going to be you.
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