Classic Episode: Women of a Certain Age


Are certain societal hangups about women of a certain age timeless? Cristen and Caroline take a look at why many women describe aging as a process of gradually becoming invisible.

Episode sources:

"A euphemism of a certain age." Grammarphobia. April 04, 2014. http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2014/04/a-certain-age.html

"At what age does a flirty, fun woman become invisible?" by Tracy Nesdoly. The Star. Jan. 04, 2012. http://www.thestar.com/life/2012/01/04/at_what_age_does_a_flirty_fun_woman_become_invisible.html

"In Language: A Women of a Certain Age" by William Safire. The New York Times. July 02, 1995. http://www.nytimes.com/1995/07/02/magazine/in-language-a-woman-of-a-certain-age.html

"Middle-aged women missing passion (and sex) seek affairs, not divorce." American Sociological Association. ScienceDaily. Aug. 16, 2014. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140816204406.htm

"The Science of Cougar Sex: Why Older Women Lust" by John Cloud. TIME. July 09, 2010. http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2007422,00.html

"The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Women" by Jule-Ann Davies. Sydney Morning Herald. Jan. 19, 2013. http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/the-mysterious-case-of-the-disappearing-women--20130119-2czy8.html

"This Is What 80 Looks Like" by Gail Collins. The New York Times. March 23, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/opinion/sunday/collins-this-is-what-80-looks-like.html?_r=0

"Women over 50 are invisible" by Tira Harpaz. Salon. April 05, 2013. http://www.salon.com/2013/04/05/wanna_know_what_its_like_to_disappear_try_being_a_woman_over_50_partner/

Academic insights:

"Calendar Ladies: Popular Culture, Sexuality and the Middle-Class, Middle-Aged Domestic Woman" by Maggie Andrews. Sexualities. August 2003. http://sexualities.sagepub.com/content/6/3-4/385.abstract

"Changing the Scripts: Midlife Women's Sexuality in Contemporary U.S. Film" by Rose Weitz. Sexuality & Culture. 2010. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12119-009-9057-y

Follow-up reading:

Women of a Certain Age: Bitch Media

Topics in this Podcast: older women, age, aging