Mar 08

The Mature Woman

Bugs Bunny as a crossdresser

As old as “Bugs”

In all honestly, I’m not sure where I’m going with this section but I wanted to talk to the multitude of issues that come up as we grow older and specifically over the age of 50. More then half of our transgender population that is visible is over 50 so this section talks to those issues. It is a broad brush approach that deals with our feelings about aging, the how to’s of presenting as a mature woman, to the health and welfare issues of being an older person. I’ll categorize them with links to the main articles.

And being in this group myself, I take personal interest in ensuring that the material we present is relevant. Perhaps “Bugs” is a good image for us. He doesn’t fit into any of the usual transgender stereotypes. He has both a masculine side and a feminine side, both of which he manages to keep in a natural, perfect balance, and well, he’s just a little bit wild and looks really good in a skirt  LoL

We’ve made contact with researchers, therapists and other professionals that specialize in the issues that we face so I hope this compendium of articles is useful to you. Although my focus is on crossdressers, we deal with the full range of subjects that come under the transgender/gender variant umbrella as there are issues common to both groups.

 The Aging Issues

Gender Transitions in Later Life The Significance of Time in Queer Aging.   Note from Tasi: The above article introduces Dr Vanessa Fabbre, PHD from Washington University in St Louis. The article is based on her PHD dissertation. She is becoming a leading researcher on aging in the transgender community.

To Survive On This Shore, a website by Dr Fabbre, combines photographs of transgender and gender variant people over the age of fifty with interviews about their life experiences in regards to gender, identity, age, and sexuality and provides a nuanced view into the complexities of aging as a transgender person.

For Some in Transgender Community Its Never Too Late to Make a Change.  A NY Times article on transitioning in later life. It’s very well done.

 Style Starts at 50

The Advanced Style blog  offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.  Let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest.

Style Essentials for the Mature Woman tells us all we need to know to stay stylish after 50. Actually it applies to women of all ages.