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The Problem With Calling Women Like Betty White ‘A Sweet Old Lady’

It’s patronizing, infantalizing and strips them of their fangs

The beloved actor Betty White died last week, a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday, and while there have been many wonderful articles and columns celebrating her talent, brains, wit and sauciness, NPR pop culture critic Linda Holmes had an astute

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Vicki Larson

Vicki Larson

Award-winning journalist, author of “Not Too Old For That: How Women are Changing the Story of Aging,” coauthor of “The New I Do,” mom

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