New PDF release: Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America

By Margaret Morganroth Gullette

Let’s face it: nearly everyone fears getting old. We fear approximately wasting our seems, our overall healthiness, our jobs, our self-esteem—and being supplanted in paintings and love via more youthful humans. It appears like the ordinary, inevitable end result of the passing years, yet what if it’s no longer? What if approximately every thing that we expect of because the “natural” means of getting older is something yet?   In Agewise, well known cultural critic Margaret Morganroth Gullette finds that a lot of what we dread approximately getting older is de facto the results of ageism—which we will be able to, and may, conflict as strongly as we do racism, sexism, and different kinds of bigotry. Drawing on provocative and under-reported facts from biomedicine, literature, economics, and private tales, Gullette probes the ageism that drives discontent with bodies, our selves, and our accomplishments—and makes us effortless prey for dealers who are looking to promote us an illusory imaginative and prescient of younger perfection. Even worse, rampant ageism explanations society to undefined, and now and then thoroughly discard, the knowledge and event obtained by way of humans over the process maturity. The costs—both collective and personal—of this tradition of decline are virtually incalculable, diminishing our staff, robbing more youthful humans of wish for a good later existence, and eroding the satisfactions and experience of productiveness that are meant to animate our later years.   when we open our eyes to the pervasiveness of ageism, notwithstanding, we will start to struggle it—and Gullette lays out formidable plans for the entire existence path, from instructing teenagers anti-ageism to fortifying the social protection nets, and therefore ultimately making attainable the genuine pleasures and possibilities promised through the recent durability. A bracing, arguable name to hands, Agewise will shock, enlighten, and, might be most crucial, deliver desire to readers of every age.

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Terms such as “demented” and a new concept like “living too long,” when put together, can generate hateful thoughts, promote hateful outcomes. ) Ageist hate speech may seem harmless even when it concludes that the old have a duty to die, implicitly encouraging practices such as preemptive suicide or medical The Eskimo on the Ice Floe : 37 manslaughter before the elderly cost us—we who are nowhere near old and still on the treadmill—too much. These mortal consequences are beginning to sound rational.

Carolyn thus lost a field on which she had been heroically combative. With her credentials—past president of the Modern Language Association, no less— when she left university teaching, she should have been able to join that small coterie of top men who resist ageism through traditional patriarchal means, retaining connections, prestige, and honors. But her retirement proved that her hold on her conferred position as an “honorary man” (a term she had used about other women) was tenuous. Feeling that she was losing her role as a teacher and mentor—which may not, of course, have been the way her protégées felt about her— left her with writing.

Why don’t the people advocating this dystopian future ever say to themselves, “That Eskimo might be me”? The odd absence of personal reaction extends even to a ninety-four-year-old man named Burton S. Blumert, musing on his blog about others whom he imagines as needing “scarce” resources. I doubt if anybody really believes that the Eskimos abandon their elderly on a chunk of ice. It’s a heartless piece of mythology, but at the center of it, is there an underlying integrity? After all, the folks they deposit on the ice are old, unproductive, sick, and not long for this world.

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