Fountain of Age

ISBN-10: 0743299876

ISBN-13: 9780743299879

Edition: 2006

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In 1963, Betty Friedan's transcendent work, The Feminine Mystique, changed forever the way women thought about themselves and the way society thought about women. In 1993, with The Fountain of Age, Friedan changes forever the way all of us, men and women, think about ourselves as we grow older and the way society thinks about aging. Struggling to hold on to the illusion of youth, we have denied the reality and evaded the new triumphs of growing older. We have seen age only as decline. In this powerful and very personal book, which may prove even more liberating than The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan charts her own voyage of discovery, and that of others, into a different kind of aging. She finds ordinary men and women, moving into their fifties, sixties, seventies, discovering extraordinary new possibilities of intimacy and purpose. In their surprising experiences, Friedan first glimpsed, then embraced, the idea that one can grow and evolve throughout life in a style that dramatically mitigates the expectation of decline and opens the way to a further dimension of "personhood." The Fountain of Age suggests new possibilities for every one of us, all founded on a solid body of startling but little-known scientific evidence. It demolishes those myths that have constrained us for too long and offers compelling alternatives for living one's age as a unique, exuberant time of life, on its own authentic terms. Age as adventure! In these pages, film producers and beauticians, salespersons and college professors, union veterans and business tycoons, former (and forever) housewives, male and female empty-nesters and retirees, have crossed the chasm of age... and kept going. They have foundfulfillment beyond career, bonding that transcends youthful dreams of happily-ever-after, and a richer, sweeter intimacy not tied to mechanical measures of sexual activity, but to deep and honest sharing. While gerontologists focus on care, illness, and the concept of age as deterio
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.60" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Betty Friedan was born Betty Naomi Goldstein on February 4, 1921 in Peoria, Illinois. The future feminist leader experienced anti-semitism growing up; this undoubtedly contributed to her political activism later in life. Graduating from Smith College in Massachusetts with a degree in psychology, she began her career as a reporter in New York City, and a few years later married Carl Friedan. The beginning of the women's movement in the United States can be traced to the publication of Friedan's first book, The Feminist Mystique, in 1963; it was instantly successful. Friedan wrote a follow-up to this book almost 20 years later, The Second Stage, in which she outlined issues that still needed addressing by feminists. She has also written a semi-autobiographical work, It Changed My Life, and a book about aging and society called The Fountain of Age. Friedan was a co-founder and the first president of the National Organization for Women. She has taught at New York University and the University of Southern California.

Author's Note
Preface
The Age Mystique
Denial and the "Problem" of Age
The Two Faces of Age
The Youth Short Circuit
Strengths That Have No Name
Why Do Women Age Longer and Better Than Men?
Beyond the Masculinity of Youth
New Dimensions of Work and Love
The Retirement Paradox
Chosen Human Work
Intimacy Beyond the Dreams of Youth
Going Beyond
New Choices
Coming into a New Place
To Move or to Stay?
At Home in a New Place
Care for Our Vital Age
A Paradigm Shift from "Cure"
Beyond Symptoms and Disease
The New Menopause Brouhaha
The Nursing Home Specter
Dying with Life
Transcendence: The Freedom to Risk
Age as Adventure
Generativity
Notes
Index
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