Health, The Good Life
Is encouraging people to make themselves look younger tantamount to giving in to ageism? That’s the debate that’s being stirred up by a new bestseller called “How not to look old.” It’s by a former beauty director at Glamour Magazine and features screaming chapter heads: NOTHING AGES YOU LIKE … FOREHEAD LINES” and “NOTHING AGES YOU LIKE … YELLOW TEETH.”
Ditto for GRAY BROW HAIRS and SAGGING SKIN.
What’s different about this makeover title is the rationale. It’s not about vanity or sexual allure. The argument is that looking young is critical to every woman’s job security and financial survival according to the book jacket. And that’s touching a nerve, and also causing a backlash.
And some say the book’s success proves that ageism is acceptable discrimination. How Not to look old debuted at Number 8 on the New York times bestseller list.