S2E5 - Aging: Like Wine or Milk?

Virginia McLaurin

Hi In Theoryites—we’re back and talking about getting older! Especially as women who've crossed into the brave new world of being thirtysomethings. That means we’ve got on point theory for you related to andro-centrisim + biological determinism, and how they're part of calculating what Amy Schumer calls your last f*ckable day. Kidding! We hope. We’re also going to take on cultural difference and eldercare, mentorship, and poetry about wearing purple. Like for real. No need for anti-aging cream here, we LOVE getting older!

Links to Stuff We Talk About


Linda R. Gannon, Women and Aging: Transcending the Myths (London: Routledge, 1999). Feminist approach to the female body as it ages. http://www.amazon.com/Women-Aging-Transcending-Myths-Psychology/dp/0415169100 


AARP.com: "Talking With Your Parents About Independent Living: Starting the conversation about their options" http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-05-2012/talking-about-independent-living.html

Eric Kleinenberg, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (Penguin, 2012). https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/2012/02/14/gIQApdKcYR_story.html (thanks Allison McKim for the suggestion!)

Jenny Joseph, “Warning” poem (1961) http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/warning/ 

Inside Amy Schumer: "Last F**able Day' feat. Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette," 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPpsI8mWKmg


Kyle Buchanan. “Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, and Scarlett Johansson Have an Older-Man Problem.” New York Magazine. June 1, 2015. http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/emma-jlaw-and-scarletts-older-man-problem.html# 

Kyle Buchanan. “Leading Men Age, But Their Love Interests Don’t.” New York Magazine. April 18, 2013. http://www.vulture.com/2013/04/leading-men-age-but-their-love-interests-dont.html# 

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society. “Facts and Fictions About an Aging America.” Contexts Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 16–21. Fall 2009. https://www.macfound.org/media/files/AGING-CONTEXTS-FACTFICTION.PDF

Tanzina Vega.  “As Parents Age, Asian-Americans Struggle to Obey a Cultural Code.” The New York Times. January 14, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/us/as-asian-americans-age-their-children-face-cultural-hurdles.html?_r=1 


We dig 106 year old White House visitor Virginia McLaurin, the “Parents” episode of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, and the Red Hat Society.  

This week’s music from Jay Z (2014), Gene Autry (1931) & The Beatles (1967).

Posted on April 28, 2016 .