Women, travelling and later life

Sarah Falcus, Katsura Sako

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Contemporary culture is saturated with what Kathleen Woodward describes as ‘the youthful structure of the look’.1 Women’s ageing bodies provoke particularly strong fear and disgust, as their sexual and aesthetic currency is perceived to diminish. Unsurprisingly, this disgust means that older women have been marginalised and have achieved limited visibility in popular film. This situation appears to be changing, however, as Meryl Streep notes
I remember when I turned 40, I was offered, within one year, three different witch roles… It was almost like the world was saying or the studios were saying, ‘We don’t know what to do with you.’...That really has changed, not completely, not for everybody, but for me it has changed.2
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgeing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism
Subtitle of host publicationHarleys and Hormones
EditorsImelda Whelehan, Joel Gwynne
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781137376534
ISBN (Print)9781137376527, 9781349477715
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2014


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