In many ways I feel that what I am about to write would be more suited on my friends blog Aging Abundantly a blog about “INSPIRATION FOR THE WOMAN IN TRANSITION” although this post may not be exactly the most inspirational, only you can decide on that.
Mi-sog-y-ny what a word – what a concept – what a hold it has on me!
I read a post on Christopher Burgess’s blog a few days back titled titled “Misogyny – No place for such in 2012“. what he wrote got me thinking ( something he has a habit of doing by the way) and realized that Mr. Burgess captured the essence of how people think and feel about misogyny and even the comments ( and I read every- single- one of them) make a powerful statement.
If you are a woman, you will come away understanding the powerful influence this hate has over us…how the media has put women into a situation where they are less than what they actually are.
Lets face it ladies, we as women do not see ourselves as good enough, not pretty enough and not smart enough and what a bunch of B.S that is!
So why am I writing this blog post?
Because – it is not JUST the children, the teens or even the adults who face misogyny everyday – it is the older women - the 50+, the 60+ women who need to start understanding that getting older does not mean life is done, that we are not beautiful, that we are not smart and that we have much to offer this world, whether it be politics, business or life itself!
I know that for myself, aging has not always been a kind transition starting with the younger folk who are always saying things “you’re not old” in a patronizing manner or “wow you are old” to the media who tends to show only the flawless and never the flaw of women and damn it they are always so young and so perfect and the list goes on…this constant buzzing in ones mind saying in effect…you are old, you are not beautiful and you are not good enough anymore to be part of the world of the living – hang up your sexy bra and deal with it!
What a sexist statement, but so true isn’t it?
When did this happen? How did it happen?
Did it start in childhood listening to the older women bemoan their age,seeing how they looked and dressed and acted and we all went..I never want to get old!
Did it happen with the media always showing that for women, beauty and youth = success which = money and aging (women) stars just fade away…where did they go?
Did it happen when families said to their children, it doesn’t matter if you are beautiful, you are smart and when you get older you will be thankful that you had an education and you said…but I want to be beautiful and I never want to get “old”
…and did it happen when as kids we wanted to be popular, to be liked so that meant money being poured into clothes and makeup to be accepted, to be beautiful ( to hell with brains) and we need to do this now, because when you get “old” you may as well be dead?
It is o.k to be an older man..they look so distinguished the older they get, they have the wisdom of age to back them up…but for women …no such luck…we are just getting older and who really cares?
Misogyny —It’s all too real and we need to start talking about it ladies – we need to start doing something about it – any ideas?