Women’s site, Ravishly, posted an article arguing against the de- sexualisation of older women. While I agree with the sentiment, what struck me was the fact that it’s the age bracket 18 – 24 who are considered “young enough” for marketers, the media, etc. Someone between the ages 18 – 24 is someone who has just passed adolescence!
I guess I’m getting a bit personal here (since I’m 27), but I just find it disheartening that it’s only the late teens/ early 20’s that are considered “young”, especially in the media. Sure, for most people, 18 – 24 are the ages when you leave school, start working, go to Uni or TAFE, move out of home, have already developed a sense of sexuality and relationships, maybe even in long – term relationships. Looking at my friends on Facebook, 25 – 30 seems to be when people are more solid in their lives. They’re married, engaged, or otherwise in long – term relationships. They are, or have been at Uni. I read about one friend last night who just completed a Masters (not sure in what). She’s a couple months younger than me.
Sure this isn’t every body. but I can see a pattern. 25 – 30 age bracket, for a lot of people, is about getting to the point in your life where you have often lived a little bit and, for most people, it’s the next stage. But is it an expiry date? I hope not! I mean, sure, some industries like modelling, thrive on people (especially women), probably under the age of 25. But for the rest of us, well, at least I hope, those who are between the ages of 25 – 30 can still flourish and have opportunities that we can still grab on to.
There is some good news for people between 25 – 30 though. According to Mamamia, a “scientific study” revealed that the best ages to get married is between 28 – 32. So, for women my age, relax ladies, there’s still time.