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Why did we call ourselves âOldâ lesbians and not older ...
Why did we call ourselves âOldâ lesbians and not older lesbians? We debated this for a while since some women in their 50âs and 60âs considered themselves either middle aged or âolderâ, but not old. They still fear the word old.
Ageism is another word added to the list that identifies hurt, fear, and discrimination. Sexism still holds power in Americaâs patriarchal society. Sexual orientation is on the bottom of the list. The history of our past still reaches out to culturally bind us as women earning less than men, nurturing children alone, and tending the home. However, within this list, we are feminists, lesbians, and now finally old. We are the many who have found our way, recognize who we are, and will celebrate our lives. We took charge of our lives, and embrace âOldâ as a virtue of earned respect as we continue this celebration. We believe our country, too, will learn to respect âOldâ by taking pride in our experience, knowledge, and especially our equal humanity.