July 31, 2010 - 6:12am
Menopause is as natural as birth, death and taxes. One way or the other, it's going to happen!
A lot of parodies of middle aged women, particularly menopausal women show us to be frustrated, spare-tired women who are no longer considered sexual, vibrant human beings.
Critics of the women of Sex and the City, Madonna and others like them have essentially said to pack it all up and go home. Leave 'the sexy' for their younger counterparts - that's where it belongs. It's time for women at menopausal age to exchange high heels for comfortable loafers and to accept that our better days are behind us. It's "the change" don't you know!
Most of the parodies are pretty funny (if we can laugh at the bald 50 year old in his convertible with a 20 year old blonde beside him then we should laugh at ourselves too, right?!) but some are a bit overboard, pretty much reinforcing the stereotypes.
Do all these stereotypes bother you or irritate you? Do you feel you're viewed as somehow less vibrant now that you've entered this natural but new phase of life?