Although now at 77 I do look ‘old’, the folds on my face, my gait, and my white hair, I did not at the age of 60 when I retired. It is the white hair that have signalled me as an old woman and because of this I have noticed ageist behaviour towards me even before I retired at 60. Of course my interest in the cinema and my feminism confirmed my personal feelings. I refer you to my blog http://www.olderwomaninfeaturefilms.wordpress.com

Reading  Morganroth Gullette’s Agewise this year notched my consciousness one degree higher and instead of accepting the situation I decided to write this diary.


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  1. It’s interesting, Rina, that you begin with a simple statement of your chronological age, a description of how you look, and a claim that you look ‘old’ now but not then, 17 years ago, when you retired. I can understand this as an honest statement of how you see yourself, but I think I would match this by beginning with my date of birth: 1942. This seems to me increasingly revealing, much more so than my chronological age (which you can work out for yourself!). And then add that I too have folds on my face (and beneath my chin – shaving is an increasingly trying activity), my gait (occasional – realistic or ageism-induced? – fear of losing my balance) and increasingly white (and thining) hair. I think most of this was there, if less so, when I was 60, and no doubt more so should I live another ten years. So age, for me, is the constant life-long experience of being both older than I was and younger than I will be.

  2. Hello, i am a third year photojournalism and documentary photography student and i am currently working on my dissertation ‘Representation of elderly people within photography’. I am looking into ageism and i was wondering if you would be willing to answer some questions for me to help with my research?
    Thank you Amy Phillips

    • With pleasure. I have been interested in the subject for years. Where are you based? Waiting to hear from you Rina Rosselson

  3. Hi Rina,

    My name is Alex and I am a Communications Manager at Barnard College. I am reaching out to you today with an idea for your blog. Being perfect and powerful, being a feminist: these are among the most popular topics of conversation among today’s young women. Barnard College’s new podcast series, Dare to Use the F-Word, tells the story of today’s feminists through the ideas, art, and activism that define them. Barnard President Debora Spar, in her new book Wonder Women: Sex, Power & the Quest for Perfection, explains that while most women today struggle with the idea of perfection, they also struggle with the concept of feminism itself. Are the two connected? Read President Spar’s thoughts in this exclusive post: https://barnard.edu/news/web-exclusive-president-spar

    As a communications manager at Barnard, I want to continue these important conversations among feminist thought-leaders like you. I ask you to republish and share this post on your blog. Pose these questions to your audience; they may dare others to join us and use the f-word.


    • I am sorry I have not replied to your comment. I had so few hits on this blog as opposed to my film blog that I had given up posting. Please do republish and share this post.
      Thanks for your interest.

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