Signs of Old Womanhood in Patriarchal Societies
In real life, signs of old womanhood are not supposed to be seen. Women are socially and professionally handicapped by wrinkles and gray hair in a way that men are not. A multibillion-dollar ‘beauty’ industry exploits women’s well-founded fear of looking old. This industry spends megafortunes to advertise elaborately packaged, but mostly useless, products, by convincing women that their natural skins are unfit to be seen in public.