"Society has made it a shame but growing old is a privilege"

“Society has made it a shame but growing old is a privilege”

Naomi Watts wants to break the taboo on menopause. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

In the world of showbusiness, aging is a taboo. In our society, topics such as menopause are too. But Naomi Watts seems determined to kick in the anthill to open discussions about the age of women and its consequences.

Menopause is a biological reality that affects all cis women and trans men. Impossible to escape this hormonal upheaval which will have many consequences. In France, each year, nearly 400,000 people are affected by the menopause, and yet, according to a British survey commissioned by Tena and published in the columns of the Sun, half of these menopausal people do not discuss this situation with their partner. . Unfortunately, menopause, like menstruation, is still a taboo subject, to which is added the question of ageism, which particularly affects women.

Naomi Watts, victim of early menopause

Committed actress, Naomi Watts has never had her tongue in her pocket. Recently, on Instagram, she decided to speak up and talk with her usual outspokenness about the issue of menopause. The opportunity to reveal without complex that she has long been very afraid of this period of her life. “The word menopause scares you? For me it has. But why? It’s just a natural phase of life and something that will affect half of the population directly and the other half will feel it indirectly. “

This fear is precisely born from a lack of discussion about this stage of life for many people, because of a taboo that does not really make sense… And the fact that menopause has taken it without warning, arriving several years early: “When I was in my late thirties, I was finally ready to start thinking about starting a family. Then menopause blew everything up, it felt like a head-on collision with a truck How could I understand this when no one was talking about it I went through menopause earlier than my peers My mentors and mother didn’t seem willing to discuss it, I don’t didn’t know how to ask for help and they didn’t know how to give it to me… even the doctors had little to say”, she denounces, still very affected by the premature menopause she suffered.

She wants to open discussions and break the taboo

The actress is aware of this: the taboo that surrounds menopause harms the cause of all those concerned, or who will one day be affected by this upheaval. “It’s strangely like an unwritten code of silence: women should accept it and get out of it, because that’s how past generations have done it,” she regrets, determined not to. not repeat this error. “When you bring uncomfortable conversations to light, they become easier. Progress is being made. Why did this one in particular take so long? Let’s conquer the stigma and fight the secrecy and shame we’ve felt and help create a healthier foundation for future generations.”

This message is a thinly veiled denunciation of ageism, a problem particularly present in the world of showbusiness. “Getting older is a privilege and a time for us to feel proud of our accumulated experiences – to feel empowered, unashamedly. I think being part of a generation of changemakers is exciting. No more going through this alone .” Words that echo those made a few years ago in the columns of the Times: “Society has made it a shame and we need to support each other. Let us not be made to feel unattractive , not fertile, like grumpy old women who should be taken out of circulation.” A dark observation that she intends to change.


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