2 results for tag: ageing


The Shocking Truth About Menopause

Dried up old crone, old bag, hag, witch... is it just me, or do you think that we might have a bit of an issue about women aging? For the generation who grew up with Madonna, hitting menopause now, is there really only a choice between ‘tragically letting yourself go’ or desperately stretching your face and body into oblivion (sorry Madge, looks weird)?   You only have to check out the nasty shaming that Susan Sarandon received at the SAG awards last month, while the cleavages belonging to her 20-30 year old colleagues were ‘safe’.   Yes my friends, it’s International Women’s Day again and time for my annual, ...

Four things you need if you’re a woman over 40

If I say menopause you think….what? Hot flushes, raddled raging, grey-ness, dryness, invisibility perhaps? A whiff of the ridiculous, of unmentionable 'women's troubles'?   The mainstream view of a woman over 40 is not a pretty one, but last month I was offered an alternative view; of menopause being a process of women shedding their skins and emerging from ill-fitting obligations with clarity, to serve their calling in the world as senior authorities. Alexandra Pope, the doyenne of menstrual awareness, takes the same feminist clarity she uses with the menstrual cycle to apply it to menopause.   If you've not encounte...