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Age Studies: What is it and why do we need it?
Age Studies: What is it and why do we need it?
The Age System

To discover what we mean when discussing the age system we should consider the figure of the ‘old Hag’1 as depicted by Rodin.2 The sense of horror and tragedy, of dread and pity we feel in her presence represents the distillation of the age system (which is also a sexist system) and as such defines it.

The old Hag appears in many forms but in each case she depicts the deep resistance towards old age that is located in our collective consciousness. A memorable section from towards the end of H. Rider Haggard’s Victorian ‘penny dreadful’ She reads:

I gazed at her ...

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