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Anne Ring Aug 3, 2018

From magazine junkie to old age media commentator singing the praises of ‘Woman’s Day’

There is a universal truth about how to get job satisfaction: do something you love. And I managed to get there somewhere in the middle of my life. The thing is, I have been a mass magazine junkie pretty much ever since I could read. Starting with kids’ mags and graduating very quickly to women’s magazines thanks to the magnificent obsession of girls of that era for our British royals. Out their photos were cut, to be pasted into bulging...
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Anne Ring

Anne Ring

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Anne Ring is a columnist with Older People Speak Out, run by Val French. She has worked as psychologist, anthropologist, sociologist and researcher variously in medical education, media analysis, body image and ageing. She has a Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees. Anne is a happily married mother of three and actively involved grandparent of six. She has always enjoyed writing and now does so through both contributing articles and working on a book about positive aspects of ageing.

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Anne Ring May 21, 2018

Destigmatising ageing: Part 2

Is there a critical mass of people interested in giving ageing a good name, and doing what it takes to give it a positive value? Any such effort includes looking critically at what the media presents us with in views of ageing and old people, and drawing attention to the positive or the negative ways in which they are depicted. And right now, in May 2018, a cluster of three media items have popped up as salutary examples of the...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring May 5, 2018

Is it better to be boldly old, or perennially young at heart?

Lately, I’ve been coming across phrases about ageing that I’m finding bothersome. For example, there is a birthday card that promises “You’re not getting OLDER, you’re getting WISER. And not so long ago there was a public health forum on ageing, chaired by a “Senior Old Age Psychiatrist”, and whose headlined subject was “I’m OLDER, but not OLD”. A bit before that, in the now sadly defunct Yours (a magazine for older women), Brigitte Bardot was quoted as saying “It is sad...
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Anne Ring
Anne Ring Apr 7, 2018

Who Magazine comes of age

Since its earliest days in Australia, I’ve been monitoring Who Magazine’s annual feature on the “Most Beautiful People”. Once a year, it presents a mix of international and local celebrities of various sorts, both genders, and a cross-section of ages. The reason for my monitoring stems – of course – from my interest in how ageing is presented in the media. And amongst these beauties, over the years, it’s been no surprise to find that they are – mostly – young, or middle-aged...
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