This Chair Rocks

This Chair Rocks

A Manifesto Against Ageism

Book - 2019 | First Celadon edition
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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 and pharmaceutical companies work overtime to convince people to purchase products that will retain their youthful appearance and vitality. Wrinkles are embarrassing. Gray hair should be colored and bald heads covered with implants. Older minds and bodies are too frail to keep up with the pace of the modern working world and olders should just step aside for the new generation. Ashton Applewhite once held these beliefs too until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. Explaining the roots of ageism in history and how it divides and debases, Applewhite examines how ageist stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of elders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and offers a rousing call to action. It's time to create a world of age equality by making discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind of bias. Whether you're older or hoping to get there, this book will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Celadon Books,, 2019
Edition: First Celadon edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250311481
Branch Call Number: 305.26 APP
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 06, 2019

The author covers a variety of topics, why the views exist, and what we can do about the perceptions others have. I definitely recommend this book.

Apr 28, 2019

This is a very thoughtful book on age discrimination and living out life the best way you can, encouraging us not to give up any options until it is absolutely impossible. I have thought about age discrimination in health care, in hiring, in customer service but she really has made me think about- am I holding myself back with unconscious attitudes? I relished reading every chapter.

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