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August 28th, 2011

The deficit crisis is an artifical triage situation created in a recession to diminish aid to those over 65 as well as others in need

Learning from the Mammography Debate

December 1st, 2009

The spontaneous eruption over the new mammography regulations, and the confused history of the debate, warn us about the general relationships between government-issued medical guidelines, insurance coverage limits, and doctors’ discretion. […]

If Ellen Goodman doesn’t need her $250 from Social Security, let her give it to an old lady

October 24th, 2009

Ellen Goodman is usually thoughtful but in “The $250 donation to elders” (Boston Globe, Oct. 23) she doesn’t understand Social Security. The average woman receives only $896 a month.
She would get an additional $22 a month if Congress actually passes Obama’s proposed bill, intended […]

An Open Letter to the Washington Post

August 4th, 2009

By Guest Blogger Adele M. Stan

August 4, 2009
Mr. Marcus W. Brauchli
Executive Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20071
cc: Andrew Alexander, ombudsman
Dear Mr. Brauchli:
As members of Women, Action & the Media, we write to protest the Washington Post’s production and presentation of the July 31 “Mouthpiece Theater” episode titled, “Menage a Stella Artois,” and the […]

“Relentless Attrition” Starts in Thirties?!

November 1st, 2008

Now it isn’t just ads selling cosmetic surgery that tell you how young you start declining. Two writers in the prestigious New York Review of Books (October 23, 2008) tell us that “nature” is indifferent to people over fifty, especially women, on the grounds that they have stopped reproducing. Then Diane Johnson and Dr. […]

Aging is NOT a Collection of Diseases

August 6th, 2008

No social gerontologist or cultural critic would say that aging is a “collection of diseases”–as Prof. David Sinclair of Harvard shockingly does in the Sunday Boston Globe issue on the so-called Boomers (July 27, 2008).
First of all, because 20% of those over eighty–aka “the aging”–have no chronic illnesses.
But mainly because–whether they suffer from illnesses […]

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August 24th, 2007

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Look Again!

April 16th, 2007

Women who look at models in magazines for as little as one to three minutes feel badly about their own bodies, according to a study reported in Science Daily. The University of Missouri-Columbia study concludes that women would do better to decrease their exposure to mass media images of women. In a nutshell, stop looking. […]

Hormone Nostalgia. Estrogen, not menopause, is the public health issue

April 10th, 2007

Did you get confused about estrogen all over again last week? Since July 2002, when the Women’s Heath Initiative […]

Eye Candy for the Female Gaze

January 12th, 2007

Sometimes the most harmful ageism sneaks into the Living pages of newspapers in the guise of humor. This week in the Boston Globe’s Pop! column, Don Aucoin’s “Antique Chests” (Living/Arts January 8, 2007 ) expresses his disgust at the sight of nude male torsos on men over a certain age.
So what’s with all the […]