How ridiculous is it that menopause remains a relatively taboo subject even though it affects almost every woman on the planet? Luckily, this is changing, thanks to forums like our Facebook Group, and the many strong, sexy women out there who share their stories. (Exhibit A: this panel on Sex & Aging.) Given the Woolfer mission to reclaim (and redefine!) the experience of aging from the shadows, we were excited to learn of an extremely cool event coming to Brooklyn in August: The Menopause Project, a “Pop-Up Shop” featuring experts, workshops, and organic conversations about the many aspects of menopause (emotional, physiological, spiritual, the whole shebang). Artist and organizer Nancy Nowacek, who also co-wrote Menopause: An Imperfect Guide with Sasha Davies, hopes TMP will eventually become a template for similar events around the country. If you’re in the area, please check it out!
In other inspiring news this week, we celebrate these three amazing women: Anne Olivier Bell, the editor of Virginia Woolf’s diaries (102!); Mary Ellis, a pioneering aviator and one of Britain’s last female World War II pilots (101!); and Susan Unterberg, the previously anonymous donor who has given millions of dollars to over-40 female artists for the past 22 years. And we can’t resist also sharing this photo essay featuring the women of the San Francisco Fire Department. Trailblazers, indeed.
Woolfer Wisdom on Dating
Nina’s personal tips on Internet dating:
“If you’re funny, be funny; if you’re serious and very focused on finding someone with a lot of intellectual heft, demonstrate your own. Your friends should be able to read your profile and know it’s you, so include a few tidbits that are particular to you, which also gives potential suitors something to ask about or hook into when they write to you.”
The low-down on dating lingo from A Woolfer expert:
I went on Match.com and quickly realized that I was going to have to learn a whole new lexicon! All these crazy-ass words, but why? Well, it seems as we continue to fail and fuck up with dating and relationships, we need more words to explain why. Like we need these words to describe our many faults?
Woolfer of the Week
Diana Hortsch, 47, Brooklyn
Can You Describe Your Fantasy Image of Your Older Self?
“I’m edgy and wise, with awesome brows, and lashes. I live in a calming space with lots of light, art, and a dog. I have close friends of varying ages and backgrounds who are engaged with the world. I often swim, read, and have orgasms. My kids are off pursuing their goals, and they keep in touch regularly:)”
Click HERE for a visit with Diana!
Woolfer Abbe Aronson swears by this dress and now dozens of us have ordered it. She says “Woolfers who long for a cute bathing suit cover up or a sports dress that is not too ridiculously “sporty” need to shop the Athleta sale because I got two of these earlier this week and not only are they quite stylish and comfy but you can wear them out and they DO wick moisture and have SPF.”
In Case You Missed It
Woolfer Angie Flack Brown achieving her goal with such grace 🙂
A national collective of women, Woolf PAC supports progressive non-profits — large and small — at risk in our current political environment. Members contribute $25/month for four grant rounds. Last quarter, we donated grants in the amount of $7,374 to organizations advocating criminal justice reform. Our current focus is Protect Immigrant Families. Members have until September 3rd to nominate a deserving non-profit and one month to cast their vote for their favorite one. Join us!