"So here is my question: If that is the reality and the societal attitude in general, then why bother trying to look good after a certain age? If Madonna the Cyborg doesn't look good enough out there then what's the point of the average woman bothering with botox and mommy makeovers? Why eat lentils all day and do your downward dogs, why all the lipo? What difference does it make if all society wants from you over fifty is free babysitting services?
But the fact is it doesn't matter what age you *look*. What matters is what's on your birth certificate. And if there's no point in trying to look twenty years younger, why do women spend a good part of their paychecks on this? Thirty dollars at the drugstore to firm your eyelids or four thousand dollars at the plastic surgeon -- either way, it's apparently all for nothing. No matter what you do, you're still going to get sent back to the church kitchens. Even if you're *Madonna*."