Jane Fonda just got plastic surgery, and on one level that’s her business, but on another level, it’s stunningly dishonest. This beautiful, accomplished, generous, funny, vibrant, worldly woman couldn’t come out with a book about aging without first getting plastic surgery?
This bums me out. It’s cynical, it’s fake, and it misses an opportunity to advance our culture.
Jane Fonda might agree with me. Here’s her comment on the issue:
“I caved,” she said during an interview with Larry King. “If I was really brave, I would have not. I vowed I wouldn’t — I did, and I don’t feel proud of it. I didn’t want to look kind of tired and jowly any more.”
I wish Jane Fonda had written a book about being “really brave.” I’d love to watch her model an example of how to be a strong, mature woman who refuses to apologize for her age.
I would like to start a movement in which we model that example for each other, and for our kids. Here’s the basic tenet of our movement: younger women typically look one way, and older women typically look another, and it’s all good.
It’s a new day, Jane. I’m sorry you caved, but if you’d like to read something truly helpful and motivating, check out these books:
- Fifty & Fabulous; The Best Years of a Woman’s Life by Jaki Scarcello
- Face It – What Women Really Feel As Their Looks Change by Dr. Vivian Diller and Dr. Jill Muir-Sukenick
- Full Moon; Reflections on Turning Fifty by Susan Carol Hauser
- Inventing the Rest of Our Lives; Women in Second Adulthood by Suzanne Braun Levine
- Leap! What Will We Do With the Rest of Our Lives by Sara Davidson