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12:43 AM on 03/31/2012
What I like about women over 50 is that to me (45) they are more radiant, more confident, more INTERESTING, more fun, less inhibited...and happier! What they dont tell young people is that the older you get, the more happier you get. You let go of all that angst and worry over such silly things. This is why it really is a young persons fear story.

I would love to see a re-write from a older persons perspective where it is the young persons worry that projects all of this angst onto an older woman, who in reality is perfectly happy as she is. (Just for kicks)
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french queen13
my beloved is mine and I am his
03:01 AM on 03/31/2012
What a great idea! :)
AllyCat7
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04:56 PM on 03/31/2012
So true. I'm only in my early 30s and I definitely feel the projection of the fear of getting older whenever I meet or hang out with women in their late 20s. If you have an issue with aging, keep it to yourself. I'm perfectly content and know my best years are yet to come.
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LMPE
I connect the most dissimilar things
12:42 AM on 03/31/2012
When I saw Disney's version, I didn't really pay attention to Snow White, the Queen or the Prince. I only focused on the Dwarfs. You'll notice that Grumpy is the most dynamic character in the whole movie: he starts out a grouch but grows to respect Snow White.

I also got the feeling that the dwarfs represent the Seven Deadly Sins: Grumpy is anger, Sneezy is greed (he presumably thinks that everyone owes him something due to his allergies), Sleepy is sloth, Doc is gluttony, Bashful is lust, Happy is pride, and Dopey is envy (he presumably wishes that he had a beard like the rest of the guys).

As for this new movie, I might see it eventually.
09:52 PM on 03/30/2012
I'm almost 40 but I look younger than my mother did when I was born and she was in her early twenties. It's thanks to the billions of research dollars and healthy living that I have the luxury of looking youthful. Thank you baby boomers for your narcissism and healthy fear of death!!!!!!!!!
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Raglimidechi
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07:20 PM on 03/30/2012
Frankly, a lot of what passes as thinking on women's issues is reactionary, passive-aggressive, and utterly confused. "I've been racing with the rising sun/Always going where I'm coming from."
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fireart
I got mine the hard way.
06:55 PM on 04/01/2012
LOL
06:57 PM on 03/30/2012
It's about eyebrows.
12:24 PM on 04/01/2012
Too many, too little, just right.
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OtayPanky
You're welcome
06:02 PM on 03/30/2012
The best birthday card I ever saw said this:

On the outside: YOU'RE NOT GETTING OLDER...

On the inside: YOU'RE GETTING BITTER.
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LastAngryWoman
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06:34 AM on 03/31/2012
I make myself laugh. When I say "positive outlook" I am referring to my family. I think the world is basically in the toilet with only a few folks left with the power to flush all of us down. =]]
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fireart
I got mine the hard way.
11:14 PM on 03/31/2012
So true. When I lost my wife I found she must have been the only woman alive that was happy. I miss her laughter. Her mother taught her one can either laugh or cry and who wants to cry. I miss her mother too.
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MikeDu
Both salubrious and lugubrious concurrently.
05:41 PM on 03/30/2012
The author made me think of the 'Beauty and the Beast' fairytale whose underlying moral is girls should marry ugly guys and learn to love them. Sort'a the flip side of 'Pygmalion' legend where the sculptor falls in love with his own statue. The underlying message there is that men can soften cold wives with love and tenderness. These stories are like ink blot tests. Each generation sees something different.
04:55 PM on 03/30/2012
I didn't walk away with this, at all. I saw the film with my kids (9&5). I'm extremely sensitive to gender issues and positive messages in films, and we walked away not with women's fear of aging but how ridiculous the queen is for trying so hard to be who she's not - and trying so hard to keep Snow White from being who she is. I thought that the movie was quite positive in terms of its message for girls and women (and boys - we need to show boys how there's more to us than youth and beauty, too!) and it was extremely clear that caring about age and beauty is not only pointless but also leads to selfishness and even cruelty. I do not find that the ending reinforces the notion that the worst thing that can happen to a woman is that she grow old. The Queen so farcically attempts to remain young and pretty throughout the film so when she is punished for her evil (she is repeatedly told that she must pay a price for using magic) HER worst nightmare comes true. I don't see it as a sweeping statement about women and aging. In fact, by making Snow White's goal to save her father's kingdom and restore quality of life to the people - finding her "prince charming" doesn't even bring the message that all a woman needs is to marry the right guy. I found the film to be surprisingly positive.
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fireart
I got mine the hard way.
06:58 PM on 04/01/2012
I liked the prince best when he was full of puppy love juice.
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VoodooDoll
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04:50 PM on 03/30/2012
I remember as a child,seeing both Disney's version of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty thinking how great the witch and evil godmother were and how boring the goodie-goodies were.And I was only about five at the time.My money is still on the "bad woman" everytime---
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PaticaDeGato
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05:53 PM on 03/30/2012
I still think Maleficent, whom I dicovered when I was maybe 6, was the best part of Sleeping Beauty! I actually rooted for her as a fabulous dragon in the final sequence.
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Venicelady
Ignorance is NOT bliss.
05:46 PM on 03/31/2012
The "bad woman" is usually more interesting!
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millebocca
veni, vidi, clicki
03:13 PM on 03/30/2012
if mid-20 yr olds are fretting about their looks, well, that's one loooong (steadily downward sloping) life road ahead of them.
we've got a long way to go, 20's thru the 50+'s, particularly as the growing consumerist trend is still all about purchasing every last element we want for ourselves: every last feature can be bought, carved, implanted and knotted into place - hair to teeth to waistlines to faces, breasts, tummies, noses, skin etc etc.
a 21st c shop-til-u-drop mindset that is still on the upswing and catching ever-younger consumers as it goes; it's no longer the aged or the newly single mid-lifers....
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pennywhite
02:35 PM on 03/30/2012
As a fifty year old woman, I think we mid-lifers fail in our responsibility to younger women by fretting over our looks.
The reality is - and it is not a sad reality - that younger people are much more physically attractive than older people. Compared to the stress and heartache of being a young person, that is a pitiful compensation.
It is fabulous to get older - as long as you don't try to pretend it isn't happening.
I am not nearly as physically attractive as I was in my 20's. But I feel infinitely more beautiful and worthy of love than that poor little girl ever did. I also have a much better love (and sex) life than she ever dreamed of.
If you don't waste your life trying to cling to something that isn't really about you in the first place, and instead focus on nourishing and building up what is uniquely yours, you will feel much more beautiful as you age. That's one beauty secret our culture (and the corporate advertising that supports it) do not want you to know. Luckily, most young women today are sharp enough to outsmart them.
04:01 PM on 03/30/2012
this makes me very, very happy. i'm 22 and looking quite forward to the peace that comes with age. i'm glad to know that you're enjoying it.
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LastAngryWoman
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06:49 AM on 03/31/2012
Her post was right on the mark, for me. She said everything I would want to say about being older. I hope you keep it in mind as you grow and do not be afraid. There really are good things coming. =]]
12:25 PM on 04/01/2012
22. The magical age. Good on you!
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flygirl10
I don't want to belong if you'll have me....
11:28 PM on 03/30/2012
a nice post---
01:38 PM on 03/30/2012
Sort of a boring article. You really didn't touch on what the Snow White narrative says about women. You only praised yourself and pretended that when you get older you won't be like that. Stop deluding yourself, you can not know what you will be like in 24 years. You can not walk in those shoes, in public, yet. You must walk them in real life, once you have left youth behind you. Wiser yet, is to realize that yes, some of us still look "youthful", "hot" and in shape without the botox or the surgery, but it is up to genetics, insurance (good teeth maintenance takes money, usually from dental insurance), stopping bad food ingestion, life's occurances, (someone you love dies, it hits you hard), good or bad fortune and attitude. I love older men and women. They understand so much more than youth does. Every generation thinks they invented booze and sex. To know this is to understand that you, too, will age, and you, too, will leave your youth behind, no matter how good you look, you will realize that you, too can not compete or replace the fresh beauty of youth. It may be only surface, it may be superficial, but we all nurture our young, and we all want the best for them. When they supercede us, only because they look young, then problems arise. Every generation, even yours, will get their turn to be the Evil queen, such is life. Have fun with it.