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.

"At what age does a flirty, fun woman become invisible?" by Tracy Nesdoly. The Star. Jan. 04, 2012.

"In Language: A Women of a Certain Age" by William Safire. The New York Times. July 02, 1995.

"Middle-aged women missing passion (and sex) seek affairs, not divorce." American Sociological Association. ScienceDaily. Aug. 16, 2014.

"The Science of Cougar Sex: Why Older Women Lust" by John Cloud. TIME. July 09, 2010.,9171,2007422,00.html

"The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Women" by Jule-Ann Davies. Sydney Morning Herald. Jan. 19, 2013.

"This Is What 80 Looks Like" by Gail Collins. The New York Times. March 23, 2014.

"Women over 50 are invisible" by Tira Harpaz. Salon. April 05, 2013.

Academic insights:

"Calendar Ladies: Popular Culture, Sexuality and the Middle-Class, Middle-Aged Domestic Woman" by Maggie Andrews. Sexualities. August 2003.

"Changing the Scripts: Midlife Women's Sexuality in Contemporary U.S. Film" by Rose Weitz. Sexuality & Culture. 2010.

Follow-up reading:

Women of a Certain Age: Bitch Media

Topics in this Podcast: older women, age, aging