Jun 30, 2020
Barbara Rose Brooker is a role
model, activist for gendered ageism, poet, columnist, professor,
and author. She and I talk about why aging is the new designer
drug, and how we can understand ageism and start to dismantle it in
all facets of personal and professional life. Barbara talks about
her badass work so far including her books Love Sometimes and The Viagra Diaries and how we can get involved with the Age March,
an event to celebrate all ages, races, sexualities, and
What You Will Hear in This Episode:
- Barbara started the Age March to bring
awareness to ageism and invite people of all ages, races,
sexualities, and genders to come together and support one another.
The next one will be virtual on September 12.
ageism, we both covertly and overtly define people by their age and
segregate them from the rest of society.
live in a culture where we define people by appearance and ignore
the inner glow and development of powerful and badass women.
Anti-aging advertising gives us a false sense of what it looks like
to age and makes the younger generation scared to
tend to internalize all the agist assumptions and think we aren’t
young enough, smart enough, pretty enough. This blocks or
diminishes our success, and Barbara’s work actively combats these
all too often repercussions.
need to first look at ourselves and our assumptions. When other
people make comments, we can call it out.
- Comments against someone’s age often comes from
a deep-rooted fear of not being accepted and becoming invisible
during the aging process.
don’t think age is a one size fits all.”
is not only a number. It’s who you are and how you feel about
yourself in your own development.”
Barbara Rose Brooker
Ruth Bader Ginsberg