Wednesday, April 8, 2009


I read this article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine this past weekend and have been thinking about it ever since.  What an interesting concept that men become functionally obsolete from a reproductive standpoint at not entirely different ages than women do!

                    photo credit: Robert Capa/Magnum Photos via  New York Times

And I must say that I think the author is onto something when she hypothesizes that if this idea of male reproductive obsolescence was more widely accepted, the ways that society views older men and older women would be more similar than they are currently (i.e. not so many 20 year old women would be willing to date the 50 year old silver fox).

By the way, how much do you love the photo above?  Pablo Picasso at age 66 with his son, apparently.


Anonymous said...

That photo is adorable!

Terry B said...

That double standard has always bugged me. The most notable recent celeb version has been people admiring the Harrison Ford/Calista Flockhart relationship while laughing at Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Well, okay, he's a doof, but I mean the relationship/age thing.

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