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Old 08-21-2012, 12:29 AM
 
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I am really sick of it!! These days it is not old or middle age. In the middle ages 18 was considered old. Women were expected to be married with children by 18 or they were considered an "old maid." Times change, lifespans go up, new technologies come along. People also learn to start taking care of themselves better. We are still largely living in the 19th century as a society and we really need to start working on some serious progress.
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:48 AM
 
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Agreed! And while we're at it, get rid of the stupid notion that motherhood is some kind of barrier to ever looking cute, sexy or fashionable again. Women use that as an excuse way too much, 'oh I used to look cute and dress up until I had kids', I'll just wear man jeans with holiday sweaters and birkenstocks, because I'm a MOM now. Like there's some rule that moms can't dress up or look good. In France and probably other European countries there's no such terms as a 'yummy mommy' or MILF - it's because they don't comprehend why a woman that has had kids wouldn't keep taking as much care of herself as she did before. Seems to be an American thing.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:09 AM
 
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I am really sick of it!! These days it is not old or middle age. In the middle ages 18 was considered old. Women were expected to be married with children by 18 or they were considered an "old maid." Times change, lifespans go up, new technologies come along. People also learn to start taking care of themselves better. We are still largely living in the 19th century as a society and we really need to start working on some serious progress.
It's relative; those who are young may consider '30' as being old. Those who are 60 would consider it young.

Are you referring to how the media views '30'? Or is the people you associate with who are saying '30' is old?
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:23 AM
 
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How old are you? I bet your probably 30 or older
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:29 AM
 
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When I was a teenager, I thought 30 was getting older. I thought 50-60 was old. Now that I am 39, sometimes I feel old, not always. On the days I am feeling good, I feel young and could pass for my late 20's I suppose. At the age I am now, it is actually the best time of my life, considering my circumstances.

To me, old is 70 and up. If the person looks younger and is healthy at 70, they may not even see themselves as old!
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:51 AM
 
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Where is 30 considered old?

All the trendy/youthful clothing stores felt right for me until recently, my mid-40s. I'd say middle age starts at 48-ish.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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Where is 30 considered old?
That was MY thought also... who is saying 30 is old, other then the OP?
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:31 AM
 
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If everyone went on about how 30 or 35 was young, sooo young, would you be stamping your foot and saying "Ugh! 30 isn't that young!"? No. Because this isn't about battling false perceptions, this is about your vanity.

How about instead of asking us to hold your hand and assure you you're not old, you grow up and act your age?
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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Even when I was "younger," I never viewed 30s as old.

Heck, I don't necessarily think of 70 as old. Maybe because I'm in denial about my parents and inlaws being here forever.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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I am really sick of it!! These days it is not old or middle age. In the middle ages 18 was considered old. Women were expected to be married with children by 18 or they were considered an "old maid." Times change, lifespans go up, new technologies come along. People also learn to start taking care of themselves better. We are still largely living in the 19th century as a society and we really need to start working on some serious progress.
The average life span is like 76, so middle age should be somewhere around 38

Aging starts in the early 20's, so those Middle ages people were kind of right. that is the peak of our youth.

i think society will be liberated the day we accept our age and stop trying to look 10/20 years younger.
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