Can we lose the "over the hill" jokes already?
In 1974, I cut my hair which had been hippie-style long, parted in the middle, and sometimes embellished with a tie-dyed scarf hovering over my eyebrows. I was going on a job interview to be the Executive Director for a non-profit. It didn't bother me that I lacked any experience whatsoever.
News travels fast on social media, no doubt. It's where we pick up headlines on traffic and weather, events, crowdfunding, and everything in between. If you want to stay in the know, head to Twitter and Facebook. What about ageism? Can social activism help put an end to the discrimination?
We're growing a little tired of well-intended comments that actually insult older people.
There are subtle things younger people say and do that demean older people.
Madonna gets ageist sex shaming for being an over-50 turned-on sexy woman and George Clooney gets to be the sexiest man alive over 50. I call 'Foul Ball' and 'Screw That.'
'She's a woman of a certain age,' said the chief executive to his senior management team. 'How do you think that will go down with the rest of the company?' Yes, you read that correctly. In 2014, these conversations are still happening around boardroom tables in the world.
The Washington Post has removed the portion of its online job advertisement for a social media editor that listed among its job requirements the 'ability to explain to those twice your age what Reddit or Snapchat or Whisper or Fark is.' Many thought the ad was ageist.
They've been there, they've done that and they've survived to tell us about it. So why aren't we listening?