Want to Combat Ageism? Look to Instagram’s Divas

“Scrabble letter pieces that spell out "Take more photos."” by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash
I think ageism is a cultural illness. It’s not a personal illness.
— Frances MacDormand

Yes, it’s a thing. Ageism exists. Just ask anybody over 50, or heaven forbid, a woman over 60.

No less than the official arbiter of all things aging, AARP, has reduced it to a pithy hashtag: #disruptaging. So we know for certain it’s a thing.

The Female Warriors at the front lines of Ageism

Anti-Ageism warriors — the modern day Joan of Arcs at the forefront of the movement to redefine what — or what isn’t — aging.

They are resolute standard bearers for the message that style, sass, and intellectual pursuit don’t end at menopause. Don’t give up edgy. Never ever.

And sex appeal? Yep, that too. And proud of it.

The are well into to their 60’s, and 70’s and beyond.

They have redefined themselves, moving on from successful careers in academia, medicine, fashion, and early Bunny-hood. They are influencers not just for their age group but for women in general.

They came of age during the glory days of the 20th century, saw (and no doubt participated in) the the dawn of the feminist movement. They have a lot more to say.

The Anti-Ageism Battle Ground: Instagram

Their battle ground is social media. They’ve taken the hill on Instagram. With a following any Millennial would envy.

Check out Dorrie Jacobson’s (Senior Style Bible @seniorstylebible) Instagram rants on sex appeal and sense of self, well into one’s 80’s. You go, girl.

Here are a few more women speaking their truth on their Instagram feeds and websites. Read and learn.

  1. stylebeyondage Style Beyond Age
  2. badassboomer Bad Ass Baby Boomer
  3. iconaccidental Accidental Icon
  4. stylecrone Style Crone

The Upshot

Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been. — David Bowie

No one could say it better.


Copyright 2018 Jane Trombley