Make Revolution Not Porn

Make Revolution Not Porn I don’t watch porn. Not even the home-grown, fully consensual, amateur porn on Cindy Gallop’s website, MakeLoveNotPorn (MLNP). So I might seem an unlikely fan of Ms. Gallop, the almost-60-year-old former advertising executive whose main claim to fame is starting MLNP. And after being at the receiving end of various campaigns…

Meet Crunchytales Founder Michela Di Carlo

Meet Crunchytales founder Michela Di Carlo Crunchytales is an online magazine designed to inspire women over forty to lead playful and fascinating lives. Crunchytales’ confident pledge is “We are on a mission to reset the meaning of middle-age.” If you have not yet checked out CrunchyTales, you are in for a treat. Take a look at its vivid…

Implanted Stories and the Aging of Female Boomers

Once Upon Our Time Implanted Stories and the Aging of Female Boomers Think back for a moment on Snow White and her nameless wicked queen, from 1937; Cinderella and her stepmother, from 1950; Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, from 1959. What a terrible career path – and more importantly, life path –  we were given as…

Lioness in Winter: Sheri S. Tepper

Lioness in Winter: Sheri S. Tepper When I was forty, in the midst of raising children and being a corporate drone, I read Gateway to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper. Gateway, published in 1988, is an audacious book. I had grown up in the heyday of male-centric post-apocalyptic science fiction. By contrast, Tepper’s novel…

You Should Be in Movies.

You Should Be in Movies. Better Yet, Write Them. Every story an older woman writes changes her and changes the culture. And because of the huge reach that movies have, when we write movie scripts, we can make even more change happen. The Writer’s Lab is an annual retreat established by Meryl Streep and supported…

See It Then Be It

See It Then Be It Geena Davis did not worry about all those stories of movie roles drying up for women in their forties, until it was her turn. After making a movie every year throughout her career, and starring in huge box office hits like Thelma and Louise and A League of Their Own, the…