A recent survey says the pressure on American women to look younger makes it difficult for them to come to terms with the prospect of aging. Society views aging between men and women differently.
Men seem to become more attractive and are considered sexier with age. Although both men and women are concerned about the effects of aging particularly on their health, it seems women have a harder time coping with the concerns.
Allure magazine’s executive editor, Kristin Perrotta said unlike women, older men are more likely to be viewed as a sex symbol. About 90 percent of the 2,000 American adults surveyed thought the pressure to look younger was higher on women than on men.
The poll also found that women are considered old about five years earlier than men.
Kristin said aging worries both young and older people. Majority of those surveyed said they were concerned about the effects of age on their appearance, attractiveness and careers. Again, women worried more about the effect of age on their career success.
About 42 percent of women aged between 50 and 59 (almost double the number of men) felt younger looks were necessary for career success.
Among the different races, African American women were least worried about aging. About 70 percent of them said they were not worried about the signs of age. The survey also asked for people’s opinion on celebrities who had aged well.
George Clooney, Richard Gere, Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and Brad Pitt topped the list for both sexes and across all ethnic groups. Actresses Jamie Lee Curtis, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts were ranked highly among women celebrities.
According to the poll, many people are using plastic surgery to reverse or delay signs of age. About five percent of participants said they had gone under the knife or used injections. About 18 percent of men and 42 percent of women said they would consider cosmetic surgery in future.
Even though cosmetic surgery is now more common, majority of those who choose it prefer to keep it private.
Most patients (about one in three) will not tell even the people closest to them about undergoing these procedures. Allure magazine commissioned the national poll.