Tuesday 6 December 2016

Courteney Cox is right - our culture's double standards on ageing women are hideous

Lorraine Courtney

Published 01/09/2016 | 02:30

Some women go looking for a cosmetic surgeon, some start a saintly living regime and some just get on with life. I don’t know if it’s better to ignore wrinkles or try to fight them (Stock picture)
Some women go looking for a cosmetic surgeon, some start a saintly living regime and some just get on with life. I don’t know if it’s better to ignore wrinkles or try to fight them (Stock picture)

Courteney Cox is annoyed. In her recent appearance on 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls', she spoke out against sexist double standards around ageing. "Being a woman in this industry is difficult, and getting older is not the easiest thing," she said. "But I have learned lessons. I was trying to keep up with getting older and trying to chase that. I have done things that I regret" - referring to her less-than-successful plastic surgery.

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The list of famous worked-on women is endless. It includes Heidi Montag, Jodie Marsh and Katie Price, women who are all routinely mocked, abused and vilified by us. Even global treasures like Joan Rivers and Dolly Parton couldn't escape our scorn.

But there's a destructive double standard at play here. We also expect all high-profile women to be youthful looking and beautiful. If they don't always live up to our standards, we'll let them know about it in vicious magazine articles and online comments.

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