These days, I catch myself pretending to know what my young colleagues are talking about when they refer to some hot new topliner (that's new school speak for lyricist) with a perplexingly random moniker such as Catnip or Carpeting.
We can see concepts and issues of oppression as a wheel with each of the separate spokes representing the numerous forms, which continually trample over the rights and the very lives of individuals and entire groups of people.
I challenge the media to start the conversation with and about people over 40. We have the money to spend. Make us use it! Let's let them know we want to go to the movies, see great theater, buy songs, read books and watch comedy in the clubs!
Elders are revered for their experience and wisdom in many cultures around the globe, but here in America where our civic, media and business cultures worship at the fountain of youth, elders are seen in quite a different light.
Steven shared a few stories with me, and I was surprised by how often he actually deals with heterosexism in the entertainment industry. It seems as though he deals with it almost as much as I and my actress friends deal with ageism and sexism on the casting couch!
As someone well into my fifties, the popular aphorism "50 is the new 15" makes me laugh. Who are we kidding? Sure, being 50 today means something different than it did for our parents. But 50 is simply the "new 50!"