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Women’s News: ‘The Counselor’ Posters Remind Us That Women Still Aren’t Allowed To Age

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When men age, they get wrinkles. When women age, they get airbrushed. At least that’s the lesson that can be gleaned from looking at the new posters for Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor.”

The promo shots, which we first saw on Sociological Images, depict the upcoming film’s stars: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz.

The male stars (who we’re sure have had their photographs retouched as well) are allowed to keep their human skin.
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However, Diaz and Cruz look like poreless, plastic dolls. (Spoiler alert: These undeniably gorgeous women — aged 41 and 39, respectively — do in fact have both pores and wrinkles in real life.)
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These images, while visually striking, are not the real problem. They merely illustrate the unwavering message that women get that they should not “let themselves” age. And if they do, they have failed — which is why the anti-aging industry rakes in billions of dollars a year.

In an August 2013 op-ed for The Guardian, the anonymous blogger “Invisible Woman” eloquently summed up why the message that women should fear aging is so damaging:

The pressure … to look young is robbing us of the opportunity to experience one of the many benefits of middle age: contentment with who we are. We must not allow ourselves to be talked into believing the fairy story that ageing — and time itself — can be stopped.


Take note, Hollywood.

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Women’s Health: 7 Things You Need To Know About Women And Alcohol


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There’s a lot that can be said for alcohol. Moderate drinking has been shown to have some pretty significant potential health benefits, most of them cardiovascular in nature. And enjoying a glass of wine or two (again, moderation is key) can be a great way for people to unwind over, say, a leisurely dinner with family or friends.

But as most of us know, there’s a much darker side to alcohol consumption. “Throughout the 10,000 or so years that humans have been drinking fermented beverages, they’ve also been arguing about their merits and demerits,” the Harvard School of Public Health says.”The debate still simmers today, with a lively back-and-forth over whether alcohol is good for you or bad for you.”

It pays for everyone to be as informed as possible about the potential pluses and minuses so that we can bring our best selves to that debate, and make responsible, healthy decisions about what’s best for us. And it can be argued that it’s particularlyimportant for women to be well-informed, given that alcohol poses specific risks to us. That’s why we put together this list of seven things that everyone should know about women and alcohol. Think we left any big ones off? Let us (and your fellow readers) know in the comments below. Cheers, to drinking safely, everyone.

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