My Views on Proper Attire for Boomers: letter to the New York Post 3/6/11

Tracey Jackson needs to lighten up (“Hey Baby Boomers, Grow Up!” PostScript, Feb. 27).

As a so-called Baby Boomer, I take issue with her opinion. Jackson appears rigid and conventional in her thinking, expressing views that seem out of touch with the times.

Older people are being increasingly spared the invisibility, prejudice and stereotypes that have prevailed for years in our youth-oriented culture. Plus, many are forced to continue working years beyond retirement age and are living much longer.

People should be permitted to wear whatever they wish, whatever their age, even if it’s a Marilyn Manson T-shirt or plumber’s butt pants. I can’t help but imagine that, at 65, Jackson would prefer seeing me in dress trousers belted at the chest and white shoes with big gold buckles.

The admonition to “grow old gracefully” is ageist and nonsensical. One of the blessings of getting older is not caring so much about what others think of you and being free to express yourself, verbally or otherwise.

Here’s the link to the article in question:

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One thought on “My Views on Proper Attire for Boomers: letter to the New York Post 3/6/11

  1. my mother, who died in 1961 at age 45 never wore slacks, when she went into “town” she wore a hat if it were before nightfall, gloves and a girdle (a think a dress and shoes as well) i still have a box of her white gloves, long and short, kid leather and cotton. also her hankies. she donned the conventional apparel of the day. would i have loved her less if she did not wear a hat or donned trousers to the opera? would she had been less of a dynamic professor at university of chicago, would she have not been given professor of the year for many years running?, would my father cherish her less? Would it diminish her role as community activist, good neighbor, and as the person i looked up to more than any other? right on i say – well said dear darell! k

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