This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism - Ashton Applewhite

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

By Ashton Applewhite

  • Release Date: 2015-03-15
  • Genre: Social Science


From childhood on, we re barraged by messages that it s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. The book explains the roots of ageism in history and in our own age denial and how it divides and debases, examines how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of olders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and concludes with a rousing call to action. It s time to create a world of age equality by making discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind. Whether you re older or hoping to get there, this book will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life. Age pride!


  • Change the titile

    By AguaJefe
    The subtitle of this book should be called "A Feminist Manifesto Against Ageism". Obviously, Applewhite is a feminist who uses agism as a foil for her real cause. This can be seen in the number of times she rails against "ageism", mostly in the guise of "ageism against females", then gratuitously adds in "men too". She also throws in the curmudgeon thing about "youth nowadays". Specifically, she portrays the youth revolt of the 60-70's as some kind of "youth culture" attack. As a male who came of age in that time period, I can tell you the "revolt" was against the Vietnam War and Nixon. We were questioning what the "old white men" were doing to us and our country. Not against age, but those old men in charge. Applewhite seems to miss this salient point, probably due to the fact that, as a female, she was immune to the draft. I give it three stars, because she does present some compelling stories of age being relative and benign. However, she fails in that she focuses on the negative ("see how they treat us; see how they refer to us") and misses the positive responses so common from the boomers ("I am 70 and I feel great!"). Maybe one day, Applewhite will come to terms with her position in life.