What are the main differences between American & European attitudes towards agin

  1. gmwilliams profile image86
    gmwilliamsposted 19 months ago

    What are the main differences between American & European attitudes towards aging?

    Why do many Americans believe that being & looking young are acting & looking like late adolescence while the European believe in growing into aging i.e. one can look marvelous, even sophisticated?


  2. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 19 months ago

    Hollywood's perfect woman is in her late teens and early twenties, which is why actresses find fewer roles past 30 and almost none past 40 except playing the Mom.
    In contrast, you see professional and attractive middle aged women in British TV, like River Song of Dr. Who who is attractive and intelligent and held up as a role model in her forties or fifties. "Being Human" the UK edition had a plain late thirty something nurse - while the US version replaced her with a beautiful twenty something.
    British TV does an excellent job of putting plain or even unattractive people as movie stars, like Professor Snape in Harry Potter, and older people in key roles other than the classic old woman role.
    The US has far worse ageism that is reinforced by Hollywood's ageism, to the point that the evil stepmother is rarely played by anyone other than a beautiful and at best 35 year old actress.

  3. Say Yes To Life profile image82
    Say Yes To Lifeposted 19 months ago

    I hadn't thought of that.  My Austrian friend told me she was going to stop revealing her age at 40.  But come to think of it, that's considerably later than when Americans stop revealing their age.
    I wonder if this could also be the reason for Americans Photoshopping women's bodies into unrealistically thin shapes, and digitally altering their voices to sound as if they breathed helium.