Women of A Certain Age

A Facebook Ad caught my eye. 50 Fabulous Women Project to raise funds and awareness for Going Beyond the Pink – a Wilmington Breast Cancer Charity.  Marcus Anthony, a seasoned photographer, will take pictures at his state-of-the-art facility. I was hooked. I wanted to do something that would allow me to support a wonderful cause and have my pictures taken by a seasoned professional.

I filled out an application and received a call from Marcus. The project is for 50 Fabulous Women, over the age of 40, to be photographed and have their portraits in a coffee table book. A portion of the proceeds from the coffee table book and $100 participation fee will go to Going Beyond the Pink. I agreed to participate and we scheduled a time for the photo shoot.

The statistics are staggering, according to Breastcancer.org, about 1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.  I have friends and relatives that were affected by breast cancer. The age group that the project is covering is the prime age  for this disease. Over forty.

Women of a certain age are often invisible in a culture that values youth. There is a young woman and the old crone. I do not find myself in either one. Why does ageism and sexism affect women differently than men? Men are mature, women are old. Women’s sexuality are either gone or they are cougars. They are seen as ineffective, passive and dependent on their spouses and families. And a litany of stereotypes ensues.

That is why I was drawn to the Facebook Ad. As a mature, double minority,  I wanted to support a project that has a worthy cause. To raise funds and awareness of breast cancer. And to celebrate women, beautiful women over 40! Strong, talented, dynamic, exuberant, and contributing members of society.





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