“Will older women be hesitant to talk about their changing image?”

My sister recently asked. We shall see. That is something I am curious to find out. In creating this project, I want to be as sensitive and respectful as possible.

For me, my questions present important issues. Why does the (lack of ) age of a face “enhance” its value? As women grow in wisdom and life experience, how is it that modern, enlightened culture is still socialized to “invisiblize” them as women and increasingly reduce their roles? Why are the young particularly valuable or beautiful?

Money and power are easy answers to roll out in response. The questions in themselves are not new nor profound. What is important though is to ask, giving form to unspoken ghouls that linger behind smiling faces in advertisements.


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