Earlier this week, the New York Times ran a piece about Generation X men in mid-life crisis. A.O. Scott, the writer, suggests in the article that Generation X women on the other hand are having a mid-life awakening.
Here are 10 examples of Gen X women experiencing an awakening.
Molly Ringwald in better shape at 40
Molly Ringwald talks to Washington Post readers about her new book: Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick. Here is an excerpt about how she feesl about being over 40:
I am 42 years old now–and proud of it! I’m in way better shape now than I was in my twenties AND thirties. I think the main difference in attitude since my teen years is a confidence that you get with age.
Jennifer Lopez Back-up Plan
Jennifer Lopez talks to the Associated Press about balancing motherhood, marriage and movies at 40. I think her movie, Back-up Plan is still playing in Oklahoma City. It’s about a single woman who is tired of waiting for the right man to come along and so she decides to have a baby on her own. Lopez says it’s a great time to be an actress, although it wasn’t that long ago that 40 was the kiss of death for most actresses. Here is an excerpt from her interview:
“It’s not so superficial anymore,” the actress continued. “Women have proven that they are viable in this business, as well, and it doesn’t matter if you’re not 21 years old. It just matters that you’re great at what you do. And that’s exciting.”
Madonna: Still fearless after all these years
Turning 40 is a Web site dedicated to, well, turning 40. There is a variety of interesting content on the site. I recently read an essay they published about Madonna’s appearance on Glee by a woman lamenting over lost youth and turning 40. Here is an excerpt:
Hearing all that Madonna brought my youth rushing back, not the bad choices and worse men, just the ambitious, hopeful part. Somehow the show made me realize that I probably need to stop whining, get off the couch, and just be fabulous. Madonna is once again my model for how to live life.
That’s not because she’s one of the most successful performing artists of all time or an amazing businesswoman, or even because she’s the master of reinvention. But because she’s still fearless.
While doing research for this post, I came across a site called 40 Whatever. The bloggers are City Mama and Bad Kitty. This is a very popular site, despite the fact they haven’t written a post since February. This just proves that even though Generation X didn’t snag the cover of Time Magazine when we all started turing 40, the event did not pass without broad recognition. I’m finding lots of blogs about turning 40. Another one, which was featured on CNN, is simply called Women at Forty. It’s more of a Web community. Check it out!
It’s OK to wear your daughter’s clothes
My tween would be mortified if I swooned over her teen idols. Seriously. I think I’m entering the stage of my life where I am a slight embarassment to her. But, only when I skip – hahahahaha – in the aisle at the grocery store. Anyway, Boston.com has published an article about how it’s never too late to swoon. This is a very interesting piece that discusses Generation X women chatting on sites named “Vampire Moms” and “Gossip Girl Moms.” The Twilight phenonmenon is mentioned several times. Here is an excerpt:
A variety of cultural forces are turning women with crow’s feet into lovesick post-post-adolescents. For starters, the societal fixation with youth leads some people to believe they are still, in fact, young. If 40 is the new 20, what’s so wrong about lusting after “High School Musical’’ star Efron, even if Rolling Stone did call him a “poster boy for tweenyboppers’’?
The closer relationship between today’s mothers and daughters, in which both generations wear similar clothes, drink the same lattes, and collegially follow “American Idol’’ and “Glee,’’ is also a factor, experts say…
Famous women turning 40
I remember when I quit buying Teen Beat. I remember when I moved from ‘Teen Magazine to Seventeen. I remember when I moved Seventeen to Glamour. During all these magazine transitions, I seriously never thought the day would come when I would read More Magazine. I don’t have issues with aging, but man, that magazine makes me feel old. Blehhh. But, Andi turned me on to it. She is one cool cat and if she likes it then it must be great. Last year, they published a list of women turning 40 and 50. They recently ran a similar piece on men turning 40 this year.
Flirting with Forty
Check out Jane Porter’s book, Flirting with Forty, a “playful and smart, coming-of-middle age story of a woman not ready to give up on love and life.” I enjoyed poking around Porter’s site.
How do you feel about turning 40?