Will you PLEASE do me favor, and stop referring to yourself as old? If I had to describe Betty Dodson, here are some adjectives I might use: beautiful, intelligent, vibrant, revolutionary, sexy, wise. But old? Oh hell no! If age is a state of mind, then you are as young as they come. Ageism is just as evil as sexism, racism or any other -ism. Free your mind and your ass will follow!
Your fan, C
Dear Insightful fan, C,
I am proud of the years I've been on the planet and want credit for every one of them. The concept of the Crone is the older wise woman. The three stages of womanhood is maiden, matron and crone. In Greek mythology, Baubo is the crone goddesses who still has a functioning orgasmic vagina. She is baudy, tells dirty stories and is always lifting her skirt to flash her pussy. She was even able to get Demeter to laugh herself right out of a depression that had stopped the crops from growing.
I identify with Baubo as I continue to help women enjoy their own orgasms.
Old age is viewed as the worst thing that can happen to a woman. Men develop character and are called "interesting" while young women cling to his arm (because he's got money and power.) As you said, ageism is just as evil as sexism, racism or any other -ism. I totally agree. In order to free my mind and stay away from the plastic surgeons office and botox needles, I brag about my age. Being a wise old woman is one of my biggest assets and my method of confronting ageism.
While I appreciate all the attributes you ascribed to me (and even agree with you shamelessly), I want to honor the wise old crone as the gift we are to society. Native Americans call it "Grandmother wisdom" Our contemporary image of Grandma is a sweet old lady who bakes cookies and baby sits her children's children. That's okay mind you, but some of us cherish the Baubo tradition: we still flash our pussies, have orgasms with vibrators and dildos and occasionally enjoy a good fuck.