Actress Jacky O'Shaughnessy said one line in the middle of her interview for That's What's Underneath Project that floored me. I think many of us will agree that she is a striking woman, charismatic, deep loving eyes, and a gentle way with words. Yet, she speaks of being told by a partner 6 years her junior that she is now too old to be seen out in public with.
I had to rewind and listen to her recount over and over to let that sink in. Can you imagine having someone say that to you? And not just someone, but in fact, the very person that you are sharing your life with?
There is a lot of pressure on women to be beautiful as per society's standards. And that seems to increase with the years, as if they become invisible. So why do we see aging women as different than our mothers? And surely we wouldn't say our own mother was too old to be seen out in public with.
It is my desire that we get back to the roots of what many other cultures have always held true: our elders are to be respected beyond the shallow judgments of the skin's journey.
-Alok Appadurai is co-founder of Fed By Threads, a writer, advocate for animals & the earth, a proud father, social entrepreneur and perpetually curious about life.
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