You have found PRECISELY what annoys me most about our photo options. Believe me I looked and looks and looked and looked. NADA. I am using a very low-capacity Chrome book so my options are limited, and when I did the same poking around, you are absolutely right, there was NOTHING. Pissed me off royally for that very reason. And here’s the thing- this Chromebook does not allow me to copy and paste from other sites, so I couldn’t even lift and steal. I WISH that the curators of Unsplash had the decency to recognize that we’re out there, we rock, we are amazing, and fuck YOU (pardon my language) we exist.

The website has found a treasure trove of those photos but I don’t know the source. So yes, you’re right. It frustrates me no end that our society not only negates us, but denies we even exist. That is the level of terror that older women causes in people.

This really begs a whole opinion piece. I’ll get there. It’s not just about fashion. This speaks to our fear of our mortality. If our mothers can age and die, then by god so can we. So we deny it. We shuffle off our old gals as soon as they turn sixty. If we don’t photograph them, then they don’t exist. This is even true in the medical fields. I was doing my level best to find a female orthopedic surgeon to help me deal with my aging athletic body. I found one. Get this: SHE ONLY WORKS WITH YOUNG WOMEN.

Precisely. It takes the breath away.

Horizon Huntress, prize-winning author, adventure traveler, boundary-pusher, wilder, veteran, aging vibrantly. I own my sh*t. Let’s play!

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