Buzz is in the air about a new book called How Not to Look Old.
Bit by bit I’ve been “coming out” about my looming big birthday. And as I contemplate what 49-going-on-I-don’t-feel-50 should look like I find thoughts of Botox dancing in my head. And then I feel ashamed.
Aren’t I supposed to embrace myself as I am? I certainly don’t want to send the signal to my eight-year-old daughter that mommy is obsessed with her changing body because soon enough she’ll be confronting her own changes that I want her to embrace. How non-P.C of me to struggle with my bulges and my roots!
Still, I wonder — should I hate this book or run to Barnes and Noble to buy it?
We all know from Hillary Clinton’s critics that no matter how smart or accomplished or powerful a woman is, she’s still going to take some heat for her well-earned wrinkles. Hence the market for this new book.
One writer I love and respect, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen at Time Magazine, thinks I shouldn’t be too quick to harshly dismiss How Not to Look Old since some of the advice could be strategic for getting ahead in the workplace. So I started investigating.
Some of the author’s advice I can go with. From what I gather, if you use a little common sense, I probably already am doing a few things to look “ten times better” — like not wearing jeans with a rise so low that when I bend over I get the Norge repairman look! But I’m going to have to pass on having bangs. Sure, that might make me look younger, but I don’t want to look like I’m 12. Also, I’m not sure about giving up real undies for thongs everyday. That could get a bit uncomfortable.
Some advice that might have spared Hillary some heat? Maybe losing the boxy blazers would have been a good idea, but I have a feeling that no matter what Hillary had decided to wear on the campaign trail, her arch-enemies still would have found something about her appearance to suggest she shouldn’t be Commander-in-Chief.
In the end, How Not to Look Old author Charla Krupp claims that taking her advice is the “ultimate feminist statement! I’m not sure that Gloria Steinem would agree with that, but she probably would acknowledge that no matter how far we’ve come, someone will always find a new way to tap into out feminine insecurities, even if they have to invoke the name of feminism to do it.
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