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Jane Fonda: Redefining Beauty and Sexuality at 81

Jane Fonda: Redefining Beauty and Sexuality at 81

There she was: Voluminous beachy-blonde waves, just the right amount of cleavage, legs for days. Eighty-one and on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, wading through waters typically tread by her half-century-younger peers. Or maybe it was And Just Like That’s Bitsy von Muffling, pushing 70, unabashedly sending the notoriously prudish Carrie Bradshaw, herself pushing 60, a dick pic in the show’s second season. No doubt the senior citizen contestants and their 72-year-old silver fox on the much-buzzed-about (but disappointingly…disappointing) ‘Golden Bachelor’ had something to do with it too.

Background Information

Jane Fonda, a name synonymous with Hollywood royalty, has been a trailblazer in the entertainment industry for over six decades. Born into a family of actors, Fonda carved her own path with a career that spans acting, activism, and fitness. Her recent appearance on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition at the age of 81 has once again put her in the spotlight, challenging societal norms and redefining beauty standards.

Main Event or Topic

Fonda’s appearance on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition is not just a milestone for her but also a significant cultural moment. In an industry that often sidelines women over a certain age, Fonda’s bold move is a statement of empowerment and self-acceptance. “I feel more confident now than I did in my 20s,” Fonda said in an interview. “Aging is not something to be feared; it’s something to be celebrated.”

It’s undeniable. In the past year, through some alchemical combination of hollow stunts turned meaningful exposure and our collective yearning to hear from people with, you know, actual experience, our culture has arrived at a rediscovery of sorts: Women over 60 are worth our time, our interest, our dollars—and our desire. Because they’re still sexual beings, capable of wanting and having and deserving great sex, however they choose to define sex.

Reactions and Impact

The reactions to Fonda’s cover have been overwhelmingly positive. Fans and celebrities alike have praised her for breaking age barriers and inspiring women of all ages. “Jane Fonda is a legend. She continues to inspire us with her grace, beauty, and strength,” tweeted a fan. Industry experts believe that Fonda’s move could pave the way for more inclusive representation in media and fashion.

Of course, absolutely none of this is news to older women themselves, many of whom have been seeking out and advocating for their own pleasure for decades, all while fighting the male-gaze-ification of a society obsessed with youth culture (there’s a reason Botox is a multibillion-dollar business, invented and run by men). It’s a truth in our country that as women get older, sexism and ageism coalesce to form a bitter pill they’re forced to swallow. Confined to increasingly narrow definitions of beauty and acceptable behavior, women past 60 eventually get so cramped, there’s barely any room for them at all.

Expert Opinions

Experts in the field of gerontology and women’s studies have lauded Fonda’s cover as a groundbreaking moment. “Jane Fonda is challenging the outdated notion that beauty and sexuality are exclusive to youth,” said Dr. Emily Jacobs, a professor of women’s studies. “Her appearance on the cover is a powerful reminder that women can be beautiful, confident, and sexual at any age.”

But what if there were? What if this sudden public interest in older women could mean something more? What if it could go beyond a passing acceptance and become a long-term celebration? Of the fact that, when it comes to physical intimacy at least, women over 60 can and have been having adventurous, meaningful, satisfying sex. It’s just that, too unnerved by the idea of menopause (another phenomenon now getting a rightful cultural rebranding), no one has bothered to really ask them about it. Or help them out along the way.

Summary and Future Implications

Jane Fonda’s appearance on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition cover is more than just a photoshoot; it’s a cultural statement. It challenges ageist and sexist norms, inspiring women to embrace their beauty and sexuality at any age. As society continues to evolve, Fonda’s bold move could lead to more inclusive representation and a broader acceptance of diverse beauty standards.

Cosmopolitan is a brand for young women. But it’s also a brand that recognizes young women stand to win most if all women are allowed and encouraged to thrive. So if you’re a reader over 60, this issue is for you. If you’re a reader under 60, this issue is also for you. It’s our first-ever fully digital one, starting with a deliciously candid conversation with Lisa Rinna. We also partnered with the Kinsey Institute on an exclusive survey of sex after age 60, go deep on the pharmaceutical industry’s hunt for the “little pink pill,” and suggest all the ways that women in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s can find and experience sexual pleasure. And yes, there are also sex toys vetted by an “ageless sexuality” expert. Because, honestly, why shouldn’t there be?

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