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  1. NaturallyCurlie
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    As we all know symbols become icons and if done repeatedly associated with ideas, concepts. products. The most obvious are Coke, Apple and many many more. Ad agencies spend many hours conjuring images and slogans that are repeated into our conscienceness for brand recognition. So while it’s all well and good excellent even to feel good about yourself internally that does nothing for the preception of Seniors by the outside (dare I say real world) where Seniors are way too often portrayed as addled, feeble in body and mind and unattractive. So yes I repeat I’d prefer it if the symbol for the crone was softer more approachable and not so ominious looking as I mentioned in original post. Although looks are not enough if there is no substance, looks still play an important part in how we are preceived. This may not be “fair” but it’s true.

  2. Anonymous
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  3. Ally
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    what are you actually saying?
    or Are you just throwing an idea out there for discussion?
    How would changing symbols change our reality of the way women are viewed by the majority of society? Changing the names of the phases won’t change their attitudes.
    Surely it’s more about how we as women portray and veiw ourselves as we move through the aging process. I’m so comfortable with my age, for the first time in my life I don’t have to figure out who I am or where I fit, i’m so comfortable with who i have grown into, no label is going to take that away from me, nor is someone else’s attitude to me or my aging. I’m exactly the me I’m meant to be and it’s taken 49 years to discover that.
    It’s all about our own attitude rather than societies

  4. Mary Evans Young
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    Thank you for this very useful post. Yes, women are measured by the nymph; the crone is to be feared and the bit in the middle is squeezed. Women aren’t supposed (or supported) to embrace and enjoy the various stages … which means many woman are in a constant state of longing for the past, fearing the future, under-valuing (therefore missing) the present.

  5. Naturally Curlie
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    Why must the Crone symbol be so threatening and ugly? I think it should be a contemplative figure of a woman looking happy and wise and kindly rather than an ugly mean looking bird. Becoming a Crone should be revered and honored. It means a woman has prevailed and lasted and perhaps outlasted all that has been heaped upon her. The symbol should reflect the beauty of a long lasting life. This is an attractive and desired portion of life and the symbol should convey this beautiful and well earned time of a woman’s life.

  6. Lydia Manning
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    Please excuse the shameless self promotion, but I’ve explored this nexus in recent research endeavors and feel it’s an important topic. For more on the experiences of women who identify as crone, check out this paper: Manning, L.K. (2012). Experiences from pagan women: A closer look at croning rituals. Journal of Aging Studies, 26(1),102-118. For more on related research, visit: http://www.lydiamanning.com. Thanks, Paul Reid-Bowen! I’m going to read your work!

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