Old, of course, is relative. It's 45. I will be 45 this year and apparently this ridiculous show on Fox thinks that ageism against women is totally something it should tackle with its douchiest character, Schmidt.
Why do I even care?
I care because when I was under 30 my boss, female if it matters, told me know no one would care about what I had to say until I was over 30. So my window for people caring was 14 years and I am in the last one. What is wrong with this picture? Why do women put up with this?
The show, New Girl, had this subplot about a woman being fired in a marketing firm for being too old (45) and Shmidt having to show some older guy around which was quite possibly the worst thing on the planet. I totally get that it was a joke. I do. I can laugh at things that are uncomfortably true, but this one hit a little too close to home or my grey hair.
If I am still railing about it the next day in the shower I know something has gone awry.
Here is what I want to tell the Zooey's of the planet. You will also get old (45, btw is not old). Younger people will ignore you. Some people won't hire you because they will perceive that you can no longer hang with the hipsters.
Older women are disappearing from Television via the Independent "There is a combination of ageism and sexism that hits women on TV that doesn't apply to men in the same way."
The thing is that you, Zooey, can change some of that. You have a hit show that could highlight anything good about women you wanted to. You could break stereotypes. You could, if you were brave.
Oh, wait, maybe bravery comes when you are older and have a few grey hairs.