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Old 09-29-2009, 02:49 PM
 
Location: on an island
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There is a thread in Fashion and Beauty about when women over 50 first noticed that they look old.
Some women will do anything to remain young, while some are not into high maintenance, others such as myself are more in the middle of the road.
I saw this bit last summer, and thought it was funny, but awfully true.
Other cultures revere the aged members of society.
Why do we worry so much about the superficial aspects of ourselves--for most of us, we do get valuable life experience along with the wrinkles.

YouTube - Craig Ferguson 7/21/9A Late Late Show beginning
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:03 PM
 
Location: 125 Years Too Late...
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Off topic: Love the accent. South urban Scotland?

They started mutilating their faces... lol.



I think I cared at one time. I really don't recall.

In fact, at one time I looked young for my age. At 28, I looked like I was about 15. That's actually a curse though... because as you get older, it goes to the other extreme. Your youthful looks fall apart far too quickly! Now, I'm just at the stage of apathy.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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I don't think women should have such a phobia about age, wrinkles, and gravity. Please remember that men age as well (at least physically).
Mature women have an appeal to mature men...my opinion.
It's better to accept the mature appeal than try to look years younger with cosmetics, surgery, clothing, and behavior. Some women carry these things to extremes and become ridiculous caricatures.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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If women want platic surgery,that's fine,HOWEVER...shows like Fox channel "The Swan"(plastic surgery for 19yr olds,etc.) and other such trash is destroying womens(esp teens) self-esteem in america; young girls have it hard enough, when they are 15 they worry about weight clothes etc, they don't need media garbage that profits from demoralizing women....Primarily the media is to blame,in this country anyway, not sure how it is in other countries but I recall a documentary on PBS about Asian cultures, how they honor the elderly and treat them well.....the same cannot be said in America.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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In the literal sense of the OP question, Youth possesses certain advantages that one misses when they are gone. Hence, the desire to maintain or restore youth.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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I love this piece. Nice simple truth with some comedy, Perfect.

Communism, Marxism, and Socialism focus on youth as well. Its easier to brainwash and train youth. Its cheaper to educate, house and provide medical care for youth. Resources are best spent on the youth to perpetuate the goal of the whole is better than any part. That the maximum producers in a society can support the system.

How many times have you heard, target market group, 18-48? Why is that the measure? Even the large market of baby boomers over 50 worship youth. They want it and try to cling to it. Sad.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:31 PM
 
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It seems to be another case of life mirroring art. We have always put a premium on looks, for some, (whether it is true or not), having a youthful appearance means a lot to them in terms of survival. People know they are being judged by others, in the job search, in forming relationships, or simply being socially acceptable, they understand the power of youthful looks.

To others it hardly matters, it's a very personal thing. As long as the tube and media in general caters to the mindless notion of youth as a superior state of being, we'll be seeing the results of age anxiety on those clownish faces, the failures of the plastic fantastic Doc's that advertise on late night TV. I've seen my share of these poor souls, walking around as a reminder of the terrible consequences one can pay when one feels inadequate, Ill take the wrinkles, they're free.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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How many times have you heard, target market group, 18-48? Why is that the measure?
Because they spend money, and the people who are targeting them want to maximize the transfer of the money from the youth to themselves. Youth, relatively speaking, tend to be rather foolish, and a fool and his money are soon parted, so if you want to part them from their money, you better find out who they are. Does anybody really think there is any other factor involved here, besides raking in the paycheck from those strong young bodies working their fingers to the bone?

It's about deification of money, not deification of youth.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Outside of Chicago
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It's better to accept the mature appeal than try to look years younger with cosmetics, surgery, clothing, and behavior. Some women carry these things to extremes and become ridiculous caricatures.
Their insecurity is amusing, yet sad at the same time. Old women with their emotionless botoxed face and clothing meant for women under the age of 30 is amusing to see. The younger they try to dress/behave/look, the more amusing it is.

Old age is supposed to equate to wisdom. Maybe they want youth because they do not have any wisdom?
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:21 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Old age is supposed to equate to wisdom. Maybe they want youth because they do not have any wisdom?
Yes, that tends to be my take on it.

And yes, marketing to the consumer is behind it.
However, it almost seems like a chicken or egg situation, because the advertising companies might not have come up with the idea if not for all of those babies, potential customers all, born after WWII.

So many of us grew up constantly turning to the next shiny new and improved product, and we feel that we ourselves must be continuously remodeled.
But try as we might, it doesn't work that way with human beings.

Chris, I like the accent, too.
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