Why are men ‘allowed’ to age while women are not?

Gelo Lasin

Actress Jameela Jamil recently brought up on Twitter an issue that has been low-key bothersome over the years: Why are men considered more ‘glorious’ as they age while women are not?

 

The ‘Good Place’ actress used celeb cover models as proof of this ongoing stigma.

In her examples, actors Josh Brolin and George Clooney have seemingly been edited to emphasize their facial wrinkles, while female counterparts Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman have been airbrushed to the point of looking unnatural.

 

‘Women mostly just shouldn’t dare age. Men can celebrate the inevitable, we must fear it.’ tweeted Jamilla.

And as she explained, photoshopping has bigger negative effects beyond the superficial. It conditions society to be ‘almost allergic to the mere sight of normal human features.’

 

Jameela herself prefers not to be airbrushed – and her reason is pretty damn relatable. Constantly conditioning yourself to believe that you’re this flawless and ageless wonder will only set you up for disappointment when reality eventually sinks in.

 

As for me, I don’t understand why people do not want to be seen as ‘old’.

Shouldn’t aging be a badge of honor, a proof that you were – and STILL are – strong enough to journey through life’s ups and downs until this very day? It’s the summary of every mistake, every heartbreak and every triumph that you managed to endure.

Besides, some people weren’t fortunate enough to survive in their 20’s, let alone reach their 30’s or 40’s. So, let’s all revel in our gray hairs and wrinkles. We’re one of the few who are blessed enough to do so.

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