Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sexy Seniors Pose Nude For Charity Calendar


I love this! A group of women in their 70s and 80s decided to pose nearly nude for a calendar to raise money for their historical society in Monongahela, a small community near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Associated Press picked up the story, which is why you'll read it in your newspaper and hear it on the radio. The most interesting part of this story is the reactions from the media. Just what you'd expect -- the newspapers label it "weird news" and newspeople comment, "I don't think I'll want to look at that."

Why not? At what age does a woman cease to be sexy or attractive? 39? 45? 50? Personally, I think we get sexier and more attractive as we age, because we radiate who we are, our vigor and experience, our self-knowledge, our capacity for loving and living. We "earn" our wrinkles -- they are our badges of experience. Anyone who would dismiss the twinkle in our eye because of the wrinkles in our neck deserves to miss out on what we can offer!

I haven't seen the calendar, but I understand the props -- poinsettia, umbrella, piano -- are strategically placed so that nothing shows except face, neck, and maybe a bare shoulder. But it's still cool that these women had the gumption and self-confidence to say, hey, let's shake things up a bit!

4 comments:

  1. Eric, age 70June 12, 2007

    It would be good to talk to these women and find out what was behind their decision to pose (nearly) nude. Was it just for the good of the cause, or was there something more? What was the personal story?

    What is it all about, people getting nude for peace or as fund raising? It fits into the mainstream of the culture -- who can knock a calendar? So they join practicality with courage.

    Why not? Mix things up!

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  2. AnonymousJune 22, 2007

    I personally know several of the women who posed (some are actually family). Without exception they are well respected members of the community who did it mostly for fun and the Historical Society. They was no alterior motive. Monongahela is a typical American town that has seen some better times but refuses to give up.

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  3. gratitudeJune 29, 2007

    The reporters who said things like "I don't think I'd want to look at that," are so very very RUDE!

    Obviously they have allowed themselves to be bamboozled by the little men in Hollywood who keep making the same movie over and over again, and seem to only be able to get excited by women who are somehow diminutive: skinny, tiny, very young, and preferably blonde. I don't fault these women themselves, rather the image they represent. Like, these are the only significant females who are also attractive and sexual. What a bunch of horse manure.

    If anthropologists from some other planet were looking at our movies today, they might hypothesize that Earth women only live to be 30 something, whereas men live much longer, and that somehow there is this preponderance of blonde hair and very skinny bodies among females only.

    Those reporters need to learn some manners, open their minds, and respect their elders enough not to make these comments. And perhaps take a long look in the mirror before they go dissing other people's looks. It takes one to know one.

    Everyone has their taste, and beauty is so much in the eye of the beholder. Everyone is beautiful to someone!

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