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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Aging boomers fuel unsettling youth obsession

If sexiness weren't precious, we wouldn't mind that it evaporates, but we do. So how bizarre that we're all complicit in a popular culture that increasingly — and perversely — defines sexy as a category you age out of somewhere in your 20s.

We have all sorts of major societal initiatives under way to protect children from sexual predators. At the same time, we're trying to convince the biggest cohort of Americans ever to hit retirement age that 60 is just the new 45. And meanwhile, the pop culture is busy defining the age of sexiness downward, past the age of legal consent. We're headed for a paradox where the only people perfect enough to be sexy are too young to have sex. Isn't culture interesting?

"As Boomer Age, Sexiness Is Being Defined Young"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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