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Are You A Two-Faced Hypocrite About Your Aging?

In the Good Old Days, No One Did Anything About Their Aging This post is from an article written by Debora L. Spar, president of Barnard College in NYC. Aging and My Beauty Dilemma Debora considers herself and her peers liberal, feminist-leaning, a highly educated peer group. She is "ideologically opposed to intervening in such [...]

Do You Fit Into This U-Curve of Happiness?

The Myth:  The story is that older folks are unhappy.  Where do you fit in the U-Curve of Happiness? The Truth:  People are happier in the beginning and the end of their lives than any other time. A Study:  A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, which focused on a sampling of people ages [...]

Not Sure What is Happening to Me…

Restless, lost, lacking purpose.  Seems strange to think this, write this, and even tell anyone about this, even myself.  One of my intents for myself and the women of Women Aging Proud is to have integrity with ourselves and each other; to acknowledge our challenges, to speak them out loud and to know we are [...]

Sexual Peak vs. Hormonal Peak – A Big Difference

As you can see by my picture, I'm feeling impish talking about sex and aging.  You okay with this conversation? Sexual Peak:  The concepts of a biologically predetermined "sexual peak" is mostly made up.  Sexual peaks have no age cap. Hormonal Peak:  Men hit their "hormonal peak" around 18, and for women it's in their mid-20s. Mark Goldstien [...]

“I Am Not Old” says Samantha Reynolds

THE WISDOM OF THE OLDER WOMAN I Am Not Old by Samantha Reynolds I am not old...she said I am rare. I am the standing ovation At the end of the play. I am the retrospective Of my life as art. I am the hours Connected like dots Into good sense. I am the fullness [...]

How Do You See Yourself – Beautiful or Average

I went on the Internet to find a video about women and beauty. I found this one:  It's just 3 minutes. It’s put on by Dove (the soap not the chocolate!) and it shows women from 5 countries deciding if they are going to walk through the door marked Beautiful or the one marked Average. [...]

The Secret to Holding on Each Year

Does your life ever feel like this poor little girl? You and I are getting older.  Period, end of sentence.  Life seems to be moving very fast lately.  Sometimes I can barely hold on. Sometimes  I wake up in the middle of the night and wonder what the heck am I doing.  How do I want [...]

A Different Kind of Crones Disease

I live in an intentional community in south west Colorado, just outside of Durango.  The women take the opportunity to have ritual. When a young girl becomes a woman, having entered her bleeding time, all the women come together and honor her. She is dressed like a goddess, surrounded with flowers, and placed in the center of our circle [...]

The Invisibility of “Vintage” Women

Excerpts from a tell-it-like-it-is article - Huff Post "The Taboo that Surrounds the Aging Woman". "Nobody tells the carefree 25-year-old female that in another 25 years she'll be invisible. In Western cultures, women of a certain age are not revered. They are subjected to the swipe of a metaphorical hand that casts them aside and signifies to [...]

Are You a Delicious Being?

No matter your age, and as long as you are still inside your body, you are a sexual being. A popular myth for women of age:  As you become older, you are less desirable and a less delicious sexual being. The story goes that after 50 or more, or whenever menopause occurs, women have been brainwashed [...]