Ageism is bidirectional.
Middle-aged people wield a disproportionate amount of political and economic power in our culture. This is unsurprising, since it takes time to accumulate prestige and since most people retire at some point in their lives. But when that power translates into automatic social capital, or when being middle-aged is seen as sufficient reason to grant someone undue credibility, there is a problem. Others have pointed out that insufficient attention is paid to prejudice and discrimination against older adults, and I agree, but I think it is also important to realize that ageism is more complex than just negative treatment of older adults – young people, too, face ageism. (more…)