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Doing Sixty and Seventy

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  134 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Doing Sixty and Seventy By Gloria Steinem Gloria Steinem became a spokesperson for issues about aging quite accidentally after declaring to a reporter on the occasion of her fortieth birthday, "This is what forty looks like. We've been lying for so long, who would know?" Because of this casual comment about her age and about the collective societal pressure to lie about ou ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Elders Academy Press
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Louise Silk
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: auto-biography
The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because I wanted more. It is more of an essay than anything.
"Aging feels like a process of the body, the concrete, the comparable, the mind. Making death real for even a millisecond feels like a mystery of the heart.

The older I get, the more intensely I feel the world around me; the more connected I feel to nature; the poignancy I find not only in very old people but also in children; the more likely I am to feel rage when people are rendered invi
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Mary Williams
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've long admired Gloria Steinem. Her personification of modern feminism during the late 1960s and 1970s influenced my views and aspirations as a young woman. I still have a copy of the first edition of MS Magazine, the one with Wonder Woman on the cover, the publication that Steinem co-founded in 1971. Yet, oddly, Doing Sixty and Seventy was the first of her books that I'd ever read.

I knew something of Steinem’s evolving views on feminism and its intersection with aging from articles based on
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Happyreader
A long essay celebrating the wisdom and freedom of aging. A reminder that there is no growth in wanting to do at fifty what you did at thirty and forty. A call to continue to embrace change and do new things to make us feel like we’ve lived longer lives. A plea to stop lying about or hiding our ages to educate others on how vibrant the post-50 set can be. And a celebration of older role models to show us how to continue to live absorbing lives on our own terms. As I approach 50, I am motivated b ...more
Kathy Labadorf
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
2 things: I just turned 60 last month and I met Gloria Steinem in November. She is awesome. This book is like being in her head from her youth to now. She is a wonderful writer and I loved how affirming her ideas are as I look back at so many of my own struggles throughout my life (and those to come). From page 22, Gloria writes, "In other words, I'm becoming more radical with age. I don't know why I'm surprised by this. When I was forty-five, I wrote an essay describing the female journey as th ...more
Bill
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Meditating on her own experience working for peoples' rights, especially concentrating on women's rights, as well as her experience in her sixties and now seventies, Gloria Steinen
proposes how we can perhaps best use our lives in these decades to feel fully complete, our selves, and relish life.
Denise
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I grew up reading Gloria Steinem and while I didn't agree with all of her ideas and causes I could relate to much of what she had to say and write. Until now. I found nothing encouraging or helpful at all about being in my 60's or even what GS really felt about being in her 60's. I guess I expected some sage advice and on the last few pages there was a small amount that was interesting and even a sentence that I have saved, but overall I'd take a pass on this book if you're looking for wisdom an ...more
Julie
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essay-memoir
She sparked my mind as a young woman with Ms. Magazine and she has always been someone I have looked up to as a forthright example for women and men alike. As it turns out, she continues sharing her insight and wisdom as I get older. Gloria resonates truth, compassion and a fluidity that continues through all aspects of our lives. Thank you, Gloria!
Sandy Hall
I received this as an early read via NetGalley. I came of age in the 80's and tried for years to relate to the articles in Ms. Magazine (I subscribed for years and years). I came from a small, remote town in AK and just couldn't relate to the women and issues addressed in the magazine. The women in my sphere worked side by side with the men in our lives and also handled traditional feminine roles, it was all part of a whole. Glass ceilings weren't an issue as most everyone was working jobs like ...more
Janet
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This would make a wonderful gift for women of all ages. I can also see it being a springboard for a fantastic history lesson. It's a short but not a quick read. It's the kind of thing I want to read and reread, to digest and discuss. It would make a great book club discussion subject. Contained within is Ms. Steinem's essay on turning 60 and all that entailed, as well as an introduction detailing her thoughts on 70! The prose is beautiful, the ideas provocative and the overall impact great.
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Barbara
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
First time I've read anything by Gloria Steinem . Since I fall into the age demographics referenced in the title, I thought I might learn something. I did not learn anything because her style of writing is very hard to follow. I could read a passage several times and have no idea as what she was talking about. I consider myself an educated. Intelligent person and I couldn't follow her. The purpose of writing is to communicate your thoughts on a subject. "Communicate" is the operative term. I kno ...more
Katarina
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
fans of Gloria Steinem will love this short book. I'm not sure I want to call it a book, it's less than 70 pages.

I was excited to read this, as I've never read anything by Gloria Steinem before.
I was disappointed. The book didn't speak to me or grab me. I didn't find the content "revolutionary" or life changing, which are things I expected based on other reviews about Gloria Steinem and her writing.
Barbara
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is what 70 looks like

Gloria said something similar when she turned 40 reminding us to be whatever age we were. She is still showing us to be ok with ourselves and includes her own path to okay ness.
Linda
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I am a big fan and follower of Ms. Steinem, and enjoyed this sort of memoir and experiential book of hers. But, too many anecdotes for me. Once she brings us forward in to the now -- they have more relevance.
Vickie
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ALL AGES
"WE WRITE WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW"....
I loved this slice of Gloria Steinem,the ultimate quotable....Vickie D.
Roben
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
First book of G. Steinem's that I have ever read. Many worthwhile thoughts....
Jane Whittington
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Inspiring, yet a bit redundant.
Zeenat Hisam
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
At 63 I feel light, as if I have grown wings and I am ready to fly. Doing 60 is fabulous, literally. And so is the book by Gloria.
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Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and key counterculture era political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of man ...more
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“If time is relative, doing new things actually makes us feel we’ve lived a longer life.” 2 likes
“But I realize now that the art of living in the present is not so much controlling time, it’s losing track of time. This is most likely to happen when we surrender to something we love to do: not because it’s a demand, or an emergency, or an inability to do anything else. Seeking out what we love so much that we lose track of time when we’re doing it—that goes beyond Einstein’s theory and puts us into his life. He loved his work so much that he had to be careful while shaving; otherwise, he cut himself when a spontaneous idea struck. That is a hint of the timeless Now.” 2 likes
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