It was a poll that asked a question
anyone with a pulse could have answered and saved Allure magazine a
lot of money.
Who handles aging better? Men or women?
Before you answer that, let's look at
some of the results from the poll of 2,000 people. Ninety percent of
them thought women are under more pressure to look young than the
pressure felt by men. They also thought men get to age about five
years longer than women before they are considered old.
And they believe men are considered
sexier at an older age than women and while gray hair looks
distinguished on a man, on a woman it just looks old.
They also said a woman is at the height
of her attractiveness at 30, while for a man, it doesn't get any
better than how he looks at 34.
Both men and women worry about how
aging affects their attractiveness to the opposite sex and how "suddenly being old" would affect their career. About 42 percent
of women aged 50-59 felt they needed to look young to be successful
at work, while about half that number of men felt that way.
More importantly, what celebrities did
those polled think are aging well? For men, it was the usual
suspects. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Richard Gere and Sean Connery.
For women it was Meryl Streep, Jamie Lee Curtis and Julia Roberts,
though that was probably more for acting ability than anything,
though, quick, name me a Julia Roberts movie from the past 10 years?
Forty-two percent of women and 18
percent of men said they were open to plastic surgery in the future
as a way to hold onto their looks, though most said they wouldn't
admit to having it done.
Most people worry about their looks,
though after a certain age it's more worrying what that thing
growing on their face is more than any worry over whether or not the
checkout girl/bag boy thought they were still hot.
I was glad to hear that most thought
gray hair on men was distinguished as I've suffered from that
malady since I was in my early thirties. Sure, you can put some color
on it, but all that really accomplishes is to have people stare at
you as most of those store bought colors aren't found in nature.
Women have been stressing about age
more than men since time began. Why Allure magazine thought a poll
was needed to find this out baffles me. I remember not really
thinking I was old until I got close to 40. And even then I thought I
could hang on for a few more years.
Most women I have known, in both my
generation and others, start to gripe about aging around 25. And they
really go off the deep end at 30.
The old saying is that age is just a
number, but it's an important number. You might look like Brad
Pitt, but when some sweet 22 year old hears you're 50, she's
going to turn and quickly walk the other way.
Some people are lucky. They look good
from the moment a doctor slaps them to life until another doctor
tells family members they're no longer with us. And then there's
the rest of us.
There all kinds of ways you can keep
looking young, from exercise to eating right to the aforementioned
plastic surgery. There are also lots of questionable methods but
people are so determined to look 25 when they're 45 that those
methods make a lot of people rich.
Inevitably, when you get old(er),
someone will ask if you wouldn't just love to be 22 again? I think
the answer most of us would give is I'd like to feel like I did at
22. Maybe even look like I did then, have that energy. But I'd want
to keep the knowledge of everything I’ve learned. I don't want to
be as dumb again as I was at 22.
In the end, there's really nothing
you can do. You can avoid certain things (cigarettes, excessive
alcohol consumption, a bad diet), but you're going to get old, if
you're lucky, and you will look it.
On the plus side, you'll at least get
to complain youth is wasted on the young.
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