Actress Julianne Moore slams sexist term ‘aging gracefully’
Hollywood actress Julianne Moore is leading the charge to reverse the script on how women are commonly referenced after they’ve passed a certain age, calling for the complete removal of one particular term.
Moore, who turned 60 in December, gave a boost to those accustomed to using the phrase “aging gracefully” in the latest issue of As if magazine, People reported.
The A-lister called the term, which was almost exclusively used to refer to women, “totally sexist”.
“There is so much judgment inherent in the term ‘aging gracefully’,” the Oscar winner told the publication.
“Is there an ungracious way of growing old?” We have no option of course. No one has an option on aging, so it’s not a positive or negative thing, it’s fair, ”she argued.
Moore took issue with the idea that the aging process was something over which women somehow had personal influence and therefore could choose to do it or do it “gracefully.”
“It’s part of the human condition, so why do we always talk about it like it’s something we are in control of?” ” she said.
Emphasizing the importance of continued “inner growth,” Moore argued that people should instead be viewed for the way they continue to evolve throughout adulthood.
“As children we are told that we keep growing in school, maybe we go to college and then when school is over the idea of growth is over…
“How do we continue to challenge ourselves, to care, to learn new things, to be more useful to others, to be the person that your friends and family need or want? How to continue to evolve? How do we navigate life to have even deeper experiences? “
She said answering such questions was “what aging should be like” in the context of how we talk about women.
The star also endorsed a comment made last year by Helen Mirren in an interview with O, The Oprah Magazine, in which she slammed the phrase “anti-aging.”
“Growing old is a requirement of life: either you get old or you die young,” said the 75-year-old.
“In fact, I strongly disagree with the term. You cannot avoid getting old. In my opinion, you have two choices in life: you can either grow old or die, ”Mirren said at the time.
“And I want to keep seeing what life has in store for me. I think of Kurt Cobain and everything he’s missed. I mean, how sad he never heard of GPS. “