Right there, feminism was portrayed as a young woman’s expression, and the movement rode with that, creating a sisterhood that completely left out mothers and grandmothers.

I wonder if part of this is because these older women who were not included from the very beginning represented lifestyle choices that feminist theory still seems quite ambivalent on, such as marriage, family planning, and navigating as a woman in a patriarchal system.

In men’s case, fertility lasts until death, and when you look at previous life expectancies, that used to be the case for women as well.

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These women represented lifestyles that weren’t clean cut to the early women’s lib movement, and instead of embracing the complexities and contradictions of female empowerment in a world, feminism really more or less discarded these older women, abandoning them and sentencing them to patriarchal norms.

Another reason for the youth emphasis has to do with feminism’s devotion to reproductive health and a woman’s right to choose.

There are several reasons behind feminism’s ageist slant.

One stems back to the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s, which was dominated by younger women.

In feminism, those images are projected on the female body, while in ageism, those images are projected onto the ageing body.

In “Age relations are unlike race/ethnicity, gender, and class in critical ways.This concerns me, because women statistically live longer than men, creating a gender imbalance, so as our older population ages, it will increasingly become more female-dominant.In Cynthia Samuels commented that we seem to be in a “feminist generational divide.” Not only do I agree with her, I actually predict the divide becoming greater, and younger feminists find themselves unable and unwilling to relate to older women’s identities that pre-date the 1960s.Instead of allowing ourselves to age gracefully, many Americans fight it with either cosmetic surgery, anti-aging creams and hair dyes.In this light, ageism is many times treated as subordinate to feminism, but the two issues really go hand in hand with each other, because they both tackle the fact many identities are socially and culturally constructed through images of the body. With Baby Boomers approaching retirement age, the article addressed the different health and lifestyle issues that older people deal with, as well as the fact that the supply of adequate medical care is far below its increasing demand.