Out of Time The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing


Since the second wave of the women’s movement began in the late 1960s and 1970s, feminists have re-examined the myths and stereotypes, the stigmas and truisms of every phase of the life cycle. Yet little has been said or done for older generations of women. What place do they hold in the world?In Out of Time, leading feminist thinker, Lynne Segal examines her life and surveys the work and lives of other writers and artists to explore the pleasures and perils of growing old. Following in the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir – who in her mid fifties mourned ‘never again!’ – Segal mixes memoir, literature and polemic to explore the trials and challenges of ageing. Who is that person who stares back from the mirror? What are the limits of desire as one ages? What happens when you refuse to become silent?As millions of baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, these questions are becoming increasingly urgent and the diversity of responses nurturing a new vision of the third age. Why must the old be in conflict with the young? What new ways of living can be imagined that deals with the inevitability of loss and finds victory in survival?Brilliant, moving and challenging Out of Time is an urgent and necessary corrective to the changing ways we live today.

  • Bloomsbury
  • 9781781682999
  • Aug 1 2014
  • Edition 1
  • 320 Pages