Tuesday 21 November 2017

Nothing invisible about these 40-plus women

Stop whining, ladies -- turning 40 should be a milestone, not a millstone, writes Carol Hunt

'SHE should get swinging," said listener Rob in response to novelist Veronica Henry's contention that 40-plus women, particularly those with teenagers, were "sidelined", "undervalued", "ignored by the fashion industry", "invisible" and generally suffering from a huge "lack of confidence".

Henry was being interviewed on Newstalk's Moncrieff programme, and, as a fellow 40-something woman listening to her dispiriting analysis of our depressing lot in life, I wondered if I should just go back to bed and pull the duvet over my head permanently. When the dynamic 41-year-old Ivana Bacik was asked on the programme if she concurred that age 40-plus women were invisible, she dithered diplomatically, said, "Eh, there might be something in that," but insisted that, as a mother of a very young child, she didn't fall into Henry's category.

Thankfully another (anonymous) listener called to assert herself: she said she was 41, pregnant for the first time and happier and more confident than she had ever been before. "It's all down to attitude," she added.

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