Posts Tagged ‘ageism’

Age-Based Condescension

October 23, 2012

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…)

Evening People are Productive, Too

January 17, 2010

Advice-givers love Ben Franklin because he accumulated a vast array of pithy quotables. “Early to bed and early to rise,” he and many others have claimed, can help make us “healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Dominant classes in our society have certainly imposed such a schedule by arranging for important opportunities and appointments to happen early in the morning, but is there any intrinsic reason why mornings are better? (more…)