I happened to stumble over this video of a group calling themselves the “Raging Grannies” giving a good smackdown to CBS for rejecting a gay dating site commercial, but accepting the anti-choice ad of Tim Teabag–um, Teabow.
As the Old Skepchickâ„¢ (also known as the SkepBiddy, but not a SkepMILF, since I am childless) I really hope that this is what I’ll be like when I retire.Â And retirement…well, it’s closer than I want, but not nearly close enough.
I actually ENJOY being an older woman. My 40’s have been the best decade ever for me.Â I’m old enough that I take shit from no one, and I’ve had enough experience to be good at what I do.Â I get to mentor kids and try to make their experience as women in science better than mine.Â (When I started as a graduate student, only about 3% of entomologists were women.)
Granted, now that I’m in menopause, I do experience some unpleasantness. If I could just get a heat exchanger to stick to my head, I’m sure I could generate enough electricity to run my laptop. And there is some sagging.
In fact, there’s a lot of sagging, so let’s just not go there.
I was lucky enough to have an amazing older woman who always believed in me–my Grandmother.Â She was one of the smartest women I’ve ever known, and also the kindest.Â The men that supported me the most as a young entomologist were the Emeritus Faculty–lovely old men with pants up around their armpits who always smelled of mothballs.Â Since they had already achieved success in their field, I think they weren’t threatened by the arrival of someone very different.
What older folks (especially women) do you look up to in your life? What do you hope to do when YOU reach retirement age?