The New York Times looks at the advice in the new book "How Not to Look Old," by Charla Krupp, a former beauty director at Glamour who writes a column for More magazine (read an excerpt).

The NYT's Natasha Singer writes:

The book is the latest makeover title to treat the aging of one's exterior as a disease whose symptoms are to be fought to the death or, at least, mightily camouflaged. But the book offers a serious rationale for such vigilant attempts at age control, arguing that trying to pass for younger is not so much a matter of sexual allure as of job security.

"Looking hip is not just about vanity anymore, it’s critical to every woman's personal and financial survival," according to the book jacket. […]

Many people would shun a book if it were titled "How Not to Look Jewish" or "How Not to Look Gay" because to cater to discrimination is to capitulate to it. But the success of "How Not to Look Old" indicates that popular culture is willing to buy into ageism as an acceptable form of prejudice, even against oneself.

Meanwhile, over at the Washington Post, On Balance blogger Leslie Morgan Steiner poses a number of questions about age-related bias and discusses the reality of age discrimination:

For the record, age-related discrimination at work is illegal in hiring, promotions and firing decisions. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 protects employees 40 and older. My research on stay-at-home moms who return to work has found that ageism starts to kick in around age 50. However, like a lot of bias, it's tricky to prove. Ageism affects both men and women. It's a surprise to many employees because until it affects you, ageism is easy to ignore.


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