Out of the Blue

Today is Ash Wednesday, so hats off (literally) for all who are celebrating. This means I forgot yesterday was Shrove Tuesday. So I missed Mardi Gras, and more tragically, Pancake Tuesday, as I love pancakes. Well, I blew my chance to get plastic beads for flashing my goods, but at least I can still get some pancakes, so I'll have to content myself with that.

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Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 7, 2019, 09:47:
Yeah, the "this is my fifth 29th birthday" stuff has definitely been going on for a very long time. And you are certainly correct our society is more age conscious about women than men. Things in that vein have gotten better over the last couple of decades, but there is still a long way to go before things are the same for men and women.

If you mean Hollywood, this is something I find fascinating and have thought of a good amount, at least casually, so I'll ramble a bit, haha.

For women, the career as a traditional leading lady is over as soon as they play a mother. Perhaps its due to the career being over that they play a mother, but once they do that the odds of them being a romantic lead again become exceedingly slim. In general, leading roles seem to dry up at 30 unless they somehow pivot into an action star. If you're someone like Charlize Theron (who is unfairly beautiful and defies most rules), Emily Blunt, or Scarlett Johansson, you can definitely extend by becoming a legitimate action star.

For men, well, George Clooney pulled off romantic lead until about 50, but has always looked older than his age (or, maybe more accurately, looked his age.) Brad Pitt also seemed to stop around 50, but could probably still get cast in it today if he wanted. I know they're superstars and not the norm, but Idris Elba's stardom really kicked in over 40.
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