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Hags Victoria Smith

Hags By Victoria Smith

Hags by Victoria Smith

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An examination of the torrent of ageism and misogyny currently directed against women in their forties and older.

Hags Summary

Hags: 'eloquent, clever and devastating' The Times by Victoria Smith

What is about women in their forties and beyond that seems to enrage - almost everyone?

In the last few years, as identity politics have taken hold, middle-aged women have found themselves talked and written about as morally inferior beings: the face of bigotry, entitlement and selfishness, to be ignored, pitied or abused.

In Hags, Victoria Smith asks why these women are treated with such active disdain. Each chapter takes a different theme - care work, beauty, violence, political organization, sex - and explores it in relation to middle-aged women's beliefs, bodies, histories and choices. Smith traces the attitudes she describes through history, and explores the very specific reasons why this type of misogyny is so very now. The result is a book that is absorbing, insightful, witty and bang on time.

Hags Reviews

Her book traces the hatred and fear of the middle-aged woman back through history . . . The greatest joy of Hags is its lively erudition . . . This eloquent, clever and devastating book describes the last remaining acceptable prejudice, one that is now even posited as progress: the loathing of older women -- Janice Turner * The Times *
My polemic of the year . . . a book that could not be more necessary (a sword and a shield) in the current climate -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
Riveting, vital and impossible to read without rage -- Lissa Evans, author of Old Baggage

About Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith is a regular contributor to the New Statesman and the Independent, focusing on women's issues, parenting and mental health. Her newsletter, The OK Karen, about midlife women's experiences of feminism, was launched last year, and she tweets @glosswitch. She lives in Cheltenham with her family.

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Hags: 'eloquent, clever and devastating' The Times by Victoria Smith
Used - Very Good
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