About Turning Gray
Turning Gray is intended to be an open forum, based upon the views of women born in the 1960s. I am hoping to gather women’s voices from as far and wide as possible.
Here’s why I’ve decided to limit the scope to women born in the 1960s:
We are quite literally the daughters of the social revolution. As I’ve come to understand the importance of early childhood experience on brain development, I now get that our earliest experiences shape who we are so very deeply. We were the wide-eyed witnesses to a tremendous shift in Western attitudes, particularly on the roles of women in society, and this has undoubtedly given us a unique view.
Many of our mothers went “back to work” and gave us the keys to the house. I once heard a keynote speaker on generational marketing describe Americans of this generation as “the least supervised generation in American history.” (Ironically, he described our children as “the most supervised generation in American history.”)
We were left to figure things out on our own in a world that had essentially tossed aside the rules and told us we could do whatever we wanted to do, work wherever we wanted to work, love whoever we wanted to love, wear whatever we wanted to wear, follow the spiritual path of our choosing – or not, and party as hard as we wanted to party. Needless to say, we suffered many consequences of our freedoms, and we are a scrappy bunch.
Thankfully, we’ve also had the benefits of therapy, twelve step programs, birth control, safe and legal abortion, self-help culture, Women’s Studies classes (not to be confused with Home Economics), divorce, the internet, and most recently – the marriage equality movement.
I think we have a lot to say, and I am excited to participate and facilitate the conversation.
December 2011Read the full article