Monday 18 December 2017

Sex bomb Lumley can destroy this ageism myth

The idea that after youth the state of womanhood becomes tragic or barren is a modern deceit, writes Julia Molony

DARING: Lumley shows age is not a barrier to having sex appeal. Photo: David Conachy
DARING: Lumley shows age is not a barrier to having sex appeal. Photo: David Conachy

Hooray for Joanna Lumley, still smoking hot at 65 and last week taking it upon herself to inspire every woman past the age of 40 to razz it up like never before.

Lumley thinks that age shouldn't be an obstacle to dressing and behaving with sex appeal. "I think it's important for women to be daring and not worry what people say," she says.

It's a refreshing rejoinder to the prevailing views of femininity in middle age that are doing the rounds, and which seem to deal with female sexuality after 40 in reductive, animal terms.

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