Some weeks ago we went to pick up Albina from the airport, stopped in a parking lot on our way back and had a photo shoot, which was called Prostitutes in Parking Lot. Old one training the young one, dispute about the territory, just generation gap… you name it. Suit yourself!
And another thing…
I can’t help but compliment the parking lot prostitutes with some additional musing on the age issue. This time rather concise. I’ve been watching Netflix series „Grace and Frankie“ – highly recommended, real fun and not vulgar.
I do know I sound a bit like the Estonian Facebook community VWSK (Virginia Woolf is not afraid of you), which connects all the feminists of Estonia and maybe elsewhere. I’m a member myself and find some posts rather reasonable and eye-opening, however, most of them are extremist and find fault where no faults are to be found, if you are in your right mind. Some people are so determined not to let go without pointing their finger at what they consider wrong from an extreme-feminist point of view. I never say a word there, just read quietly and often wonder how incredibly bizarre can it get. Can get quite bizarre, I’ll assure you.
However, back to Grace and Frankie, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin – and look at their birth dates! If I ever arrive at this age, I’ll definitely be like them, even though I have not decided yet which one. Most probably a bit of both.
I’m not going to tell you the story, just saying that Grace and Frankie end up sharing a house at a mature age of seventy-something (rather the second half) when their husbands of forty years, who have always been (or imagined to be) gay and in love with each other, have finally decided to open the door of the closet, get out and get married. Frankie is an old hippie and Grace an ageing babe and business woman. Not an easy co-habitation, one may imagine. But, my complaint, in the VWSK style, is discrimination, raging discrimination of the sexes in the last season. While the husbands enjoy a married life with it’s crisis and therapy and younger and smashingly good-looking gay men running around, the ladies are lured into living in a „retirement community“, meaning actually a home (for seniors). Of course, they escape and I hope the next season is on the way.
As far as my experience goes, women are so much more capable and active at this age. How come two “very late middle aged” men, by the way, absolutely average-looking, have ended up without any mental or physical disabilities (ok, one had a heart attack some seasons ago, but nevertheless he plays a leading role in a musical) and the ladies, who look stunning not only for their age but for any age, have all the (health) problems in the world and they end up in a home? This is very unlikely, unfair and discrimination in broad daylight.