Last night an older friend said something that distressed me. She said sadly, but emphatically, that beyond a certain age women shouldn’t wear shorts or short skirts. “No one needs to see that.”
What bothered me the most was the sense of agreement with the judgment that age is ugly and best kept hidden. Only youthful bodies are worthy of being seen.
What followed was a litany of the ways in which older legs fall apart even though legs are often “the last to go.”
I hate this kind of talk.
I’m planning my little old lady mini skirts now! I hope I’m still wearing a bikini into my senior years. Be warned and get ready to avert your eyes. No Victorian era beach wear for me! See http://blog.tuppencehapenny.co.uk/2011/05/sailor-style-evolution-part-1-nautical.html?m=1 for more images.
For more in this vein read my previous post on not growing old gracefully. I hate rules about what women young and old can and can’t wear.
And I hate it even more when we internalize the reasoning behind these rules.