When we see a middle-aged woman and compare her to the middle-aged man we're socially programmed to see the imperfections the woman has - all of them, no matter how small are magnified on the female gender. The male gender revels in the fact they've never been valued or rated on the number of wrinkles, size of their pores or their sun spots.
These are a few reasons why it's socially acceptable to accept the older man, but not the older woman:
1. We're used to seeing woman's skin as perfect - rid of ALL imperfections and if she has any wrinkles she's not taking care of herself, she's not eating right or she has really bad genetics > While men's wrinkles we disregard entirely because that 'brings a certain charm to their faces'.
For the No.1 on this list; This is something that happens all the time. No exceptions. It's just what it is.
2. We've seen women slathered with foundation, photoshopped to anorexia and unachievable perfection, often times accentuating their physical attributes > While we see men get down into the dirt, slathered in oil, mud (distracting from the small imperfections) or simply photographed for the purpose of revealing their eyes - as the windows to their souls - emphasizing those wrinkles and making them seem more 'human' but still appealing instead of portraying them as physically perfect objects.
For the No.2 on this list; Now...I'm not saying this happens all the time, but this is what the portrayal of people started from based on society - and it's still the main focus of people's view of aesthetics...which is sad...but true nonetheless.
3. We're used to seeing women being portrayed as the objects > while men are the intellectuals ---hence their looks don't matter as much, because they have better things to do.
Almost constantly...seems like the world just feels bad giving women credit...
So, in conclusion, it is my feeling we should just accept ourselves for who we are, what we look like and live with it. We should always try to better our own lives with healthy food, exercise and moisturizing regiment, but we are all going to get those lines - life lines - and there's nothing any of us can naturally do about it.
*A lot of you have missed the basic point entirely. This MyTake concentrates on how people of the same age range are not accepted or even viewed in the same manner. Has nothing to do with 'fertility'.