Life Without Facelifts
“I want to grow old without facelifts... I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I've made. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know you.” This is one of my favorite quotes from Marilyn Monroe, my idol. I love this quote because I believe in being you, not changing to fit anyone’s expectations. She was before media started taking over our lives. Aging in the media today is alarming, I would have to say. The media has boundless influencing power over us; we see it every day, everywhere. The media plays a role in shaping our social outlook, attitude on almost everything. We develop all kinds of stereotypes of all different ages, races, etc. Most of the stereotypes formed are negative and untrue facts about people.
The elderly are portrayed as helpless victims, sweet and fragile, traveling slowly toward their death beds. The growing old is associated with decline in everything including health, happiness, and attractiveness. This is simply not the truth, I mean look at George Clooney he’s still got it. Much like Racism and Sexism, we as a society have Ageism especially toward the elderly. Ageism is defined as ideas, attitudes, beliefs, and practices on the part of individuals that are biased against persons or groups based on their age. This is shown in a lot of ways we treat our elderly, such as talker louder or slowly to them. We look at the Elderly as ugly, wrinkly bags of skin with no brain left to think. The media portrays the elderly to us this way. Now to avoid aging we have people using thousand dollar creams, getting Botox, and even more drastic, getting plastic. Simply to not look as they should at the age they are. Getting old is inevitable and that is a reality I have already come to appreciate. I am looking forward to changing the views on the Elderly when I am there. I personally was taught to always respect...
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