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Old 02-28-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Great article! Gives a balanced view of aging and explains why the French do so effortlessly.... it seems to be a *cultural thing*.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/fa...ewanted=1&_r=1
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:33 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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Ségolène Royal is a famous politician, she has money, same thing for the actress Deneuve.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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Brigitte Bardot defies the "Frenchwomen age well" theory

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Old 03-01-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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Having spent a lot of time in France, I must say I think that article is rubbish. The author took stereotypes of upper-class Parisian, not French, women and ran with them: French women are beautiful, thin, age well, take care of themselves, blah, blah, blah.

It is like taking every stereotype about rich women in New York City and applying it to the rest of the country.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: in your dreams
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What is this obsession with french people here...?
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:17 AM
 
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What is this obsession with french people here...?
Clichés from New York press
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I've seen enough French women to know that they age the same as everywhere else. Have never noticed anything special about them.

And what exactly is "gracefully" supposed to mean, anyway? I've read it used to describe women who age slowly, like Catherine Deneuve; I've read it used to describe women who let themselves just age with acceptance.
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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I've seen enough French women to know that they age the same as everywhere else. Have never noticed anything special about them.

And what exactly is "gracefully" supposed to mean, anyway? I've read it used to describe women who age slowly, like Catherine Deneuve; I've read it used to describe women who let themselves just age with acceptance.
They have a different philosophy grounded in self care.... they spend on skincare, are obsessed with diet, raise their kids to wear sunscreen, have better medical care (duh) and if they age badly anyway they go in and get plastic surgery..... their whole culture is designed to *embrace* the realities of aging rather than making it a big socioeconomic sociopolitical issue like we do here...

When I googled Aging Gracefully an article from WebMD came up about how a "shift in attitude" is required...accepting changes, avoiding stereotypes, finding "meaning"... whoa, deep: now aging is supposed to "teach" us something.

The Art of Aging Gracefully
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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They have a different philosophy grounded in self care.... they spend on skincare, are obsessed with diet, raise their kids to wear sunscreen, have better medical care (duh) and if they age badly anyway they go in and get plastic surgery.....

The Art of Aging Gracefully
Well, then I guess they aren't that much different from us, after all.
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Next stop Antarctica
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Having spent a lot of time in France, I must say I think that article is rubbish. The author took stereotypes of upper-class Parisian, not French, women and ran with them: French women are beautiful, thin, age well, take care of themselves, blah, blah, blah.

It is like taking every stereotype about rich women in New York City and applying it to the rest of the country.
Yes, these are rich women from Paris i have also spent time in regional France and i can assure everyone that French women are no different from the rest of us.
As for BB she did a lot of sunbathing in her days (young women take note) but to me she still looks great.
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