Women question their look, men celebrate their status

Women question their look, men celebrate their status

With her work on embodiment and age, Julia Twigg answered a lot of questions that have been floating in my mind since I began this exploration in the realm of age and culture. I confess I was not really successful in articulating these queries. I noticed that there was a sort of “code”…

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Fight ageism, not aging

Fight ageism, not aging

You say the name Margaret Morganroth Gullette, and you immediately think about the legendary cultural critic. In reality, Margaret is extremely easy-going and it’s heartwarming to get a glimpse of the person behind the public figure and the scholar. Furthermore, we wouldn’t probably be here without her work. She’s one of the pioneers of…

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We won’t be silenced

We won’t be silenced

Considering that he’s been credited with minting hundreds of words, even Shakespeare must have found himself in the same position as Jane Evans: when you realize that the language you have is too limited to describe the incoming change and new words are necessary to embrace the future. That’s how the concept …

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Make your future happen

Make your future happen

I can’t really say I talked with Cindy Gallop. Actually, I’ve been swamped by her words, fascinated by the magnetic energy of her brilliant mind and pushed to the side of the blender by the centripetal force of her reasoning. After our conversation ended, I put my pen down on the paper and a sentence I heard time ago came back to my mind…

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I regard fighting ageism as a critical feminist challenge

I regard fighting ageism as a critical feminist challenge

I know exactly the coffee shop in Milan where Pat and I could sit down, watch the world goes by and talk for hours. She would be surprised that we could go from a cappuccino in the morning to an appetizer in the evening without leaving the same tree-lined street. On my hand, just as it happens when we “talk” online, I would…

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There’s more than prejudice behind ageism

There’s more than prejudice behind ageism

Professor of Sociology of Aging at the University College of London (UCL), Paul Higgs intrigued me for his work on some of the less explored aspects of aging outside of academic circles. He is the co-author of books like “Aging, Corporeality and Embodiment,” in which he explores the complex relationship between…

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Allow yourself to evolve

Allow yourself to evolve

It took only a tweet for Anita Irlen and I to click. It might be because of our common background in sociology and the resulting mindset or because of her motto “No Mud, No Lotus” that lets shine a witty personality, the result is that we found ourselves immediately on the same wavelength. As the author of the blog Look for the Woman beyond Fashion…

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The digital space is the gateway to age-freedom

The digital space is the gateway to age-freedom

Giulia Ceriani is a semiologist and, as such, she’s an expert on signs and symbols. With her team at Baba Consulting, the market research company she founded and chairs in Milan, Italy, Giulia analyzes the way things, spoken and unspoken, shape our perception and our world…

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There’s no time limit to self reinvention

There’s no time limit to self reinvention

While the hero-based mystique makes us believe that the start-upper is a young white male garage owner, the reality is - luckily - far more diverse. As Pierre Azoulay et al. from MIT have pointed out in their 2018 paper “Age and High-Growth Entrepreneurship”, for the most successful firms…

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