Tuesday 21 November 2017

Who cares if flirting is feminist, Mariella?

'Midults' need all the attention they can get -unless, of course, they're in Tel Aviv, writes Judith Woods

Overlooked: Mariella Frostrup may just need to raise her gaze. Photo: Getty
Overlooked: Mariella Frostrup may just need to raise her gaze. Photo: Getty

Judith Woods

On my way back from two tremendously entertaining days in Tel Aviv (more of which later), I chanced upon the news headlines that broadcaster Mariella Frostrup is feeling melancholy about the lack of male attention she gets now that she's 54.

"When you get to my age, you think any attention is welcome," she sighed. "And you feel really stupid turning it down in the past by thinking: 'Don't say that about me, I am a feminist…'"

The sisterhood will be divided between those who will be sympathetic because they know exactly what she means, and sourpusses who will be unsympathetic because, although they also know exactly what she means, they don't approve of what she means.

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