This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
There are two kinds of people in the world, those who are older and those would like to be. Ashton Applewhite’s book, This Chair Rocks, shines a bright light on a labeling system that affects everyone on earth. Whether we are called addled, senior ...more
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Applewhite presents a beautiful case for celebrating growing older (as my mother always said, think of the alternative) and questions the ideas many of us have about it. Medical care for older people is not, as I thought, a big percentage of our country's medical expendit ...more
But the part that made me write this off as ...more
It’s well organized in chapters covering ageism, memory loss, health, sexuality, the workplace, declining independence and end of life. Each chapter consists of sections that read like blog-sized nibbles. In fact the book might have written as a blog, as ...more
I didn't love this book. Towards the beginning several good points were made, but as the book unfolded, there seemed to not be much left to say. The text is very defensive. "We are not x, y, and z." is kind of the generalist of much of this book.
However, the gesture that I found difficult at first (and then, unbearable by the three quarter way mark where I decided to drop the book) was the compariso ...more
The book is meticulously researched and very readable while still being trenchant and funny. In the days since I finished it, I've been seeing my own attitudes and th ...more
there are definitely moments in the book that get under my skin and in which i wish she would check her privilege more effectively--these are moments where she makes analogous considerations around co ...more
Fortunately, I was able to focus entirely on her book during a day of air travel. I had other books with me, but this held my attention. I would say that I read it in one sitting, but I had to change planes in O'Hare.
Applewhite conveys a great combination of passion and intellect. She maintains a laser-sharp focus on ...more
Discussed at book group, a couple people thought this too academic. No, it's not. At times, I felt like I was having a drink with a friend.
Extremely readable. Applies to everyone. Yes, you, too. Age is something we all do until we don't (that's called death). Let's make aging cool again.
P. 30 It’s understandable for younger people to resent that good fortune, and to fee ...more
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.
Author, activist, and TED speaker Ashton Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age.
In our youth-obsessed culture, we’re bombarded by media images and messages about the despairs and declines of our later years. Beauty an ...more
Rooted in a massive amount of research, “ THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism” heralds truth in lieu of misrepresentation and fear, possibility rather than resignation and conditioned ignorance. Part summons, part expose, it is well-named as a manifesto.
Applewhite’s manifesto is a compelling and deep deep exploration of how we—of all ages—internalize ageism and of how it is institutionalized in our culture and economics. ...more
Getting old is inevitable, but as the book states, getting old is natural and therefore why not make it the best it can be? Ms. Applewhite talks about one's own attitude and how you can prepare for aging ...more
Ever the late bloomer, I didn't start writing till I was in my 40s. My first serious book, Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well, was published by HarperCollins in 1997. Ms. magazine called it “rocket fuel for launching new lives.” It landed me on Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum enemies list and an invite to join the board of the nascent Council on Contemporary Families, a gro...more