Madonna and My Wake-Up Call about The Double Standard In Aging

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[Editor's note: Madonna's performance at the Super Bowl generated a lot of heat. And not all of it positive. Isn't she way too old to be dancing around like that on stage? How embarrassing! Yet as far as aging goes, what's forbidden or frowned upon for women of a certain age is often considered perfectly acceptable or even to be applauded in men. Deborah Shane realized this after seeing the reaction to the Material Girl's performance and blogged about it on Toolbox.--Mona]

As I was scrolling through Facebook and Twitter, I honestly couldn’t believe what I was reading. Tucked amid the favorable (and not-so-favorable) comments on the performance itself were pages and pages of low blow cracks on her age. I was tempted to reprint a few here but, frankly, I don’t want to give the vitriol additional airtime.

Of course, I’m not completely naive. I get that anyone brave enough to tackle a halftime show is setting themselves up for criticism and, yes, I’m sure the Black Eyed Peas are still pulling out the thorns from last year. Regardless… it was especially disappointing to find that so many “atta-girls” were also incredibly, backhandedly ageist.

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