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How Ageism is Hurting the Old and Young

Too old for the job? Too young to lead? Author and activist Ashton Applewhite wants to abolish ageist mindsets and for age to truly be seen as just a number. 👵🤝👶 Special thanks to This Chair Rocks.

Too Old, Too Young” -- Are We All Guilty of Ageism ?

How old are you? If that sounds intrusive or just purely rude, the writer and activist Ashton Applewhite says that’s because our culture is full of messages that say getting old is a setback. She says aging is often posed as a disease that can be cured if you’d just buy the right pill or procedure to “fix” it. But Applewhite calls aging a process that begins the moment we’re born, and explains why being older is something we should embrace rather than fear of breaking stereotypes.

“Too old for the job,” Too young to lead…" That’s called ageism — discrimination on the basis of one's age. Ashton Applewhite, author of “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism” -- is on a mission to change the way we think about aging. Employment discrimination, biased health care, media caricatures or invisibility, ageism can take many forms in our society. “Economists call it the attractiveness penalty. This double whammy of ageism and sexism.”

As millennials emerge as a dominant force, generational change has become a central dynamic in the 2020 presidential campaign. Ageism is a central issue for women in particular trying to fight for their rights in this social phenomenon through activism. 64% of women say they’ve been the target of or witnessed age discrimination according to an AARP 2018 Report. By 2050, 1 out of 5 people — over 2 billion people — will be age 60 and up based on a study by UNDESA.

Applewhite is calling for what could become the next #MeToo — a radical movement against ageism. Ashton Applewhite also blogs at thischairocks.com and yoisthisageist.com

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05/21/2019 10:22 AMupdated: 06/17/2019 2:57 PM

52 comments

  • Tierlock C.
    02/16/2020 03:05

    Many are born old

  • Dinnie M.
    02/14/2020 01:26

    I always say the only anti aging is death. Because if you're living you're aging. "Aging well" for every time I hear that. I think what does that mean? She's absolutely right stating that aging is viewed in the west as a dilemma, that needs to be remedied. Aging is a privilege! A privilege that many didn't get the honorable privilege.

  • Michael W.
    02/13/2020 21:02

    stfu and stop finding new thiings to get mad at people at, be happy with who you are because thats all you can control,

  • Daniel R.
    02/13/2020 16:57

    Only idiots are afraid to get old,this selfish attitudes only makes them gets old faster than their present ages!.

  • Margo G.
    02/13/2020 16:27

    The truth

  • Olu S.
    02/13/2020 12:53

    I agree wholeheartedly

  • Alice C.
    02/13/2020 00:23

    Die young or grow older, just 2 options...

  • Julio G.
    02/12/2020 23:23

    So landed.

  • Julio G.
    02/12/2020 23:23

    I like this whoman facts

  • Chad S.
    02/12/2020 22:26

    We got old to become an ageist sooner.

  • Derek C.
    02/12/2020 22:17

    uh what?

  • Emm Ñ.
    06/23/2019 20:33

    So true.. Ageism really happens..

  • Souad B.
    06/23/2019 00:30

    One day we'll all be old, and that's extremely funny for me to see people having perceptions about it How could they have experience in something they didn't go through. Moreover, some people can be discriminatory against other people and that's a thing we all know and see, but how can they be discriminatory against themselves, future selves??

  • وعدالله ع.
    06/18/2019 19:34

    اختيار جميل جداً

  • Inzar S.
    06/17/2019 18:58

    Well don

  • المتجول ا.
    06/12/2019 20:43

    ظكمم

  • المتجول ا.
    06/12/2019 20:43

    تام

  • المتجول ا.
    06/12/2019 20:43

    نك

  • المتجول ا.
    06/12/2019 20:43

    ا

  • المتجول ا.
    06/12/2019 20:43

    تهخ

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