I do and I don't want to grow up to be an old lady. It's bad enough being a middle-aged lady. As has been (and is being) amply demonstrated on the national political stage, no matter how competent, accomplished, talented, kind, funny, HUMAN you are, you won't be seen that way. It's worse, of course, when you don't have certain kinds of privilege. It gets worse the older you get. It pisses me off. It pisses me off on behalf of myself, and on behalf of women in general. Even from within this knowledge and this anger, I find myself sometimes treating older women in a way that shows I've internalized a lot of the contempt. It's kind of horrifying to realize this, but I'm glad I can see it and therefore work against it as much as I can.
One of the things I'm going to do with this space is to celebrate older women.