In a recent post... submitted to two of the "comedy" groups... Jim Albano offered Careful what you say to your woman! to us for your reading pleasure... and hopefully a chuckle.
Although it was an attempt at humor, it did bring to mind a subject that is on the minds of some as we women grow older. Of course, the subject is "the aging woman."
There are just too many people in this world who suffer from the perception that as a man grows older he looks distinguished, and as a woman grows older, she looks "extinguished."
The ancient religions have had for centuries the triple concept delineating the life-stages of maiden-mother-crone that affect all women.
Inherent in this concept is that during each of these three broad stages of a woman's life... the maiden... the mother... and the crone... she is honored for a different facet of her being. As an elder... as a "crone," an older woman is revered for her knowledge... her acquiring of such a great degree of life's wisdom.
In the matrilineal, matriarchial and matrifocal societies that existed on this earth over thirty-five hundred years ago... the honoring of women during the latter stages of her life... during her "crone-hood..." was a commonplace and taken-for-granted fact of life. The elder women of society being honored for their acquired wisdom. What a concept !
How, when and where did older men come to be seen as distinguished, and our women elders come to be seen by so many... as extinguished ? What a waste of talent.