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#TimesUp for Shaming, Blaming and Discrediting the Wisdom of Women over 50

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Turning my Back on Ageism
I'm an old feminist, meaning I discovered my identity, my talents and my own importance in my own life when I was very young. It also dawned on me that therefore I would have to take responsibility for everything I do and say. In fact I wanted to! It was another important step towards victory and true independence. I didn't want help or sympathy, not approval or admiration from anybody. I wanted to be my own project, hand-crafted by me alone. Quite a lofty concept without a guarantee for success.
Luckily, I was a young woman in the 60s and 70s - so, time was on my side. Liberation and emancipation were in the air - and most women I knew threw themselves into that new battle with passion and a fair amount of fearlessness. Freedom beckoned, we were in love with it. We fought, we won some, we lost some, but we insisted; we grew impatient, yet we kept on questioning patriarchy and power structures, and also took a close look at ourselves! The fire fizzle…

The Artist at work on her BAUHAUS Collection

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#WearingBlack at the GOLDEN GLOBES - Did it matter?

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OK, so the GOLDEN GLOBES came and went and it was a rather special and positive spectacle! The idea behind was to "protest" the pigs of patriarchy, always a good idea in my book, and to show solidarity with the recent "MeToo" and "TimesUp" movement. They had announced to wear black - which most actually did - and they looked better than ever! It should from now on be the rule! I wear black all the time by the way - actually since I'm a teenager - when I drove my Mom crazy with my black-clothes-antics. So, to me it was just another day in black.  So I'm all looking forward to banning pastels which I truly detest.

Generally speaking, awards are an excellent place to show where you stand politically and humanly - and yes, even fashionably. But to think that there is any significance to wearing a certain color to an event where only the movie elite is part of - is a bit naive. It has been done at the "Oscars", and that Jane Fonda, who I love,…

Home Alone for the Holidays - Sad or Wonderful?

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Santa greeting me at UNION STATION
I will be alone for Christmas (and hopefully New Years Eve, too). "Oh, you poor lonely creature", some might think. And I did feel a tinge of sadness, too. But, "lucky you!" yelled a younger friend, a mother of several younger kids, a huge family and a husband - and I quickly saw it her way. Totally.  She's been running around in a frenzy for weeks, and her eyes glittered with sheer envy when I told her that I will be reading, writing, eating delicious foods, drinking champagne and thinking about the state of the world. (Which is dire and I won't have enough champagne to drink it away.) In short: I'm making Christmas totally mine, shape it, bend it, give it new meaning all to my taste! Well, if that isn't classic feminist living, freeing yourself from the role of an overworked family-servant - then I don't know what is.
Why am I alone? Does it say something about me or the times? Sure. I'm an immigrant, old, a…

DO OLD FEMINISTS WIN?

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The Future is Female - Really?
At the Women's March in Los Angeles 2017
There it was again, one of those earth-shaking not exactly new or surprising articles online. The AgeLab informed and promised older women like myself that the future will be female. Just like that. Yeah, no kidding? I'm listening. I'm waiting!