My article last week in Above The Law was entitled “Should Men Use Botox?  Ask The Thirtysomethings Who Want To Look Young Again.”

Its about workplace age discrimination in a world with an aging population.

I wrote that “Sigh … we all get old.  Hopefully. …

Age is the only protected category under the employment discrimination laws that we all hope we enter. (Except for pregnancy, I guess, which eliminates a lot of us).  We may hope to become old, but the workplace has yet to become welcoming – or accepting.”

Well, I received an unexpected and much appreciated Twitter endorsement of my article from Ashton Applewhite, to whose New York Times piece last September I devoted an entire blog post.

Ashton Applewhite
@thischairrocks
@richard09535496 Excellent piece, I’m circulating it. You’d like my book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. amzn.to/1oL6gNh

 

Since he has written the definitive work on ageism today, “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism,” I want to re-print my previous post about his NYT article, see below.

From September, 2016:

“You’re How Old? We’ll Be in Touch (by Ashton Applewhite In The NYT)”

I’ve written a lot about ageism, age discrimination, studies and stereotypes about older workers, the ADEA, and everything related.

But surely not nearly as well as Ashton Applewhite, author of “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism,” and a short piece published in the Review Section of tomorrow’s New York Times.

I want to quote the entire NYT article, but can’t and won’t.  I will just give a short, truncated quote and leave it to you to read his work – it deserves more than a few readings.

He says that “In 2016, almost 20 percent of Americans 65 and older are working. … These older people represent a vast well of productive and creative potential. Veteran workers can bring deep knowledge to the table, as well as well-honed interpersonal skills, better judgment than the less experienced and a more balanced perspective. … Why, then, are well over a million and a half Americans over 50, people with decades of life ahead of them, unable to find work? …

The problem is ageism … [a] dumb and destructive obsession with youth so extreme that experience has become a liability. … Age discrimination in employment is illegal, but two-thirds of older job seekers report encountering it.”

His piece is full of anecdotes, studies, statistics, sad stories, and not just a little anger.

He concludes:  “Confronting ageism means joining forces. It means seeing older people not as alien and ‘other,’ but as us — future us, that is.”