There's no denying is, aging it much, much rougher for women. And for women in Hollywood the pressure to stay youthful is even worse. That's why we have to hand it to Gilmore Girl's actress Lauren Graham, who absolutely nailed why aging is so different for women and men.
Speaking with Kelly Clarkson on her talkshow recently, Graham explained that she really started thinking about the subject while doing research for her new book, "Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don't Want to Forget to Remember.
"There's this essay where I'm talking about Nora Ephron, specifically, who's a writer I really admire, who wrote a number of essays on aging and being," Graham explained. "[She noticed] her friends were all wearing like turtlenecks trying to hide that they were getting older."
But when Graham started googling for a male equivalent of Ephron, she was left short.
"I looked up 'men + women's necks + aging," she said. "One thing came up was 'why are men so attracted to women's necks? There's no writing, there's no male writing — there's less men writing about aging in any kind of comedic or contemplative way. And I thought, 'gosh [this is] maybe just something that women are trying to process."
We'll give you one good why men seem to be unbothered by getting older. But ultimately both Clarkson and Graham agreed that "aging is awesome."
People in the comments section were here for the honesty. "There's such a negative stigma around women aging. It's a natural, beautiful thing. Don't erase it, embrace it!" wrote one commenter. "Exactly. I feel the same, every wrinkle, scar is earned. I have lived 22 yrs more than my brother. Aging is a gift often not given to so many," another commenter pointed out. "Turning 50 in a month and it’s been hitting kinda hard….I needed to hear this today," someone else admitted.
There's no reason to feel bad about aging, and the more we are all open about getting older, the less of a stigma there'll be.