When age matters.

I’m not a morning tv person, have never really watched the Today show and anything I hear about it in the media is always something to do with Karl. That’s why I found this article so interesting on Lisa Wilkinson. She calls out ageism and sexism and isn’t afraid to challenge senior leaders in politics, media or any other field.

At 55,  she’s one of the more mature women on commercial tv (disappointingly), but it is her maturity and life experiences that ‘Today’ show Executive Producer partly contributes to her success, because she’s relatable.

We’ve got a crisis in this country when it comes to domestic violence; our figures, shamefully, are that one woman dies every week at the hands of a partner. We need a minister for women who is not also our prime minister. And we have a gender pay gap that’s the largest it’s been in 20 years. We need to focus on these issues.

[I made] a decision that never again in my life would I allow someone else to determine who I was and what I was capable of.

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Fucking outrageous.

Don’t you just love Helen Mirren? She has commented on Hollywood’s sexist, ageist casting with an accurate and succinct “It’s fucking outrageous.”

Mirren spoke at women’s breakfast in New York and when asked to comment on Maggie Gyllenhaal being told by a casting agent that at 37 she was “too old” to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man, Mirren responded quite simply:

It’s fucking outrageous. It’s ridiculous. Honestly.

We all sat there watching, you know… as James Bond got more and more geriatric and his girlfriends got younger and younger.

And she has something to say on being labelled as ‘sexual’ at 69 years young:

I don’t like the word sexual. There are people who are sexual, and who are less sexual. But there’s got to be another word. Sexual is so limiting.

Being powerful is so much more interesting than being beautiful.

*applause*

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For the youngest people in the room.

Tavi Gevinson

For those of you #killingit in your careers at a (comparatively) young age, the next time some ageist sod makes a dismissive comment on your abilities – because you’re younger than everyone else in the room – remember how eloquently Tavi Gevinson (The Style Rookie) responded to ageist remarks regarding her talents:

That young people don’t have valid thoughts about the world because they haven’t been alive long enough is sadly a very popular and, frankly, unoriginal sentiment.

When I think about that time, I was just responding to the world around me. And I was perceptive enough that I felt like I could make connections to things in my life.

I don’t think it was abstract. And I am basically skeptical of any adults who have those kinds of things to say about young people because it seems to always very transparently stem from fear and insecurity.

Bazinga!

Read the quote that instigated this response  here >

A number doesn’t define you.

I was so excited when I stumbled across this article as I thought it would be an in-depth and comprehensive exploration of ageism with experiences shared by Christie and how she overcomes this type of discrimination.

Unfortunately, it’s quite superficial coverage of a serious issue, with the focus of the article on Christie’s long career and her current Peter Alexander shoot.

Nevertheless, ageism is something that doesn’t get enough media coverage, so I still feel it’s relevant to share.

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