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Longform feature and photo essay on women and ageing in The Guardian.

Late last year, I had the opportunity to collaborate with acclaimed Sydney photojournalist Isabella Moore on a longform feature about women, ageing and cultural invisibility. In the last few years, there’s been an incredible boom in age-positive coverage of women in the media (I’ve been lucky enough to profile iconic older women like Linda Jackson and Deborah Conway for Broad, a wonderful publication aimed at women over 50). But I was also curious about the ways in which ageing looks different for women who are less high-profile, who maybe don’t have the protections afforded by middle-class whiteness. The reporting process put me in touch with so many wise, wonderful and complicated subjects who taught me that ageing is just as much about moving towards your self as it is about leaving behind a self that’s so often shaped by a culture that conflates women’s value with their appearance and willingness to please others. You can read the whole feature, accompanied by Isabella’s portraits, over at The Guardian Australia here.

Posted on January 15, 2019