It is both a well researched treatise on ageism and its consequences and engaging personal story of a journey to understand why and how ageism is so prevalent in our society. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. This book totally rocks. Macmillan Audio, 9781250204813 ... and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. I am grateful that so many took the time to share their observations and opinions. There are three things every person experiences: birth, life, and death. So, I will limit my contribution to just a few thoughts the author triggered for me. So, I will limit my contribution to just a few thoughts the author triggered for me. I found this author through a New York Times editorial and was led to her website and blog, which I so thoroughly enjoyed. Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2018. The word "manifesto" is included here because it encourages activism and she gives you a toolbox full of ways to go within and to share with others. Although she shows no signs of slowing down, she feels the general invisibility of becoming an older woman in society and the workplace. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite review. Having been through consciousness-raising in the late 60's around discrimination against women, I know how it feels to have the blindfold ripped off and to see things clearly that were completely invisible before. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I even, in one case, collected the data from the entire Board of Education of New York City and learned that statistically, teachers over 40 were more likely to be charged with incompetence than those under - and with each ten-year increase in age, the chances went up. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Select Your Cookie Preferences. The book explains the roots of ageism—in history and in our own age denial—and how it divides and debases, examines how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at … There’s only one trajectory for everybody on the planet and there’s nothing we can do — or should want to — to alter it. We were choking each other. As my sister said as my 95-year-old mother lay dying: “None of us is getting out of here alive.”, Beyond ageism - the author will stimulate your thoughts about life, work, sex, health and death, Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2016. An Incredibly Important Book -- at Any Age, Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2019, Ashton Applewhite’s incredibly important book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, should be required reading for just about everyone. They persuaded me to read this book. Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2017. consisting of action strategies for changing our own perspectives and behavior, and that of the culture. by Ashton Applewhite. I found this author through a New York Times editorial and was led to her website and blog, which I so thoroughly enjoyed. ), cited by Forbes as one of Forty Women to Watch Over 40, in 2017, argues convincingly that ageism—like racism and sexism—is a form of demeaning prejudice, inaccurately generalizing the experiences of older adults and promoting the idea that old age is repulsive and lonely. It has been hailed in the USA as ‘The new Betty Friedan, a book whose time has come.’ Whatever your age, read it, give it to your children, your grandchildren, the stranger who assumes you are helpless. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. The word "manifesto" is included here because it encourages activism and she gives you a toolbox full of ways to go within and to share with others. —Laurie Anderson, artist “Wow. Ashton Applewhite presents a compelling way to view aging-along with descriptions (sometimes surprising, at least to me) of what ageism is. ... Once you know how to spot ageism, Applewhite says, you can combat it. Her new book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, was released on March 15, 2016. This book describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and concludes with a rousing call to action. She threads the needle, neither denying the realities of aging, nor bemoaning them, nor giving in to "90-year-old marathon runner syndrome," -- those chipper news features about exceptions to the rule. The book gives comfort to those of us dealing actively with leaving middle age (whatever that is, exactly) behind and entering new ground. An easy, sensible, welll-researched, thought-provoking and inspiring read. Even though several of the chapters have sections about action against ageism (each entitled “Push Back”), the suggested actions are all on the individual level. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. I took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, and my brief got some notice, but was not accepted for argument. I found myself skimming and never felt the connection with the author. ... Once you know how to spot ageism, Applewhite says, you can combat it. I am grateful that so many took the time to share their observations and opinions. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism at Amazon.com. Is Ageism the "Last Acceptible Prejudice?" A thousand lightbulb moments is the best way to describe this book. That is what this awesome book did for me around age discrimination. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Review This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, Ashton Applewhite Perfect Paperback, 288 pages Published March 15th 2016 by Networked Books, Inc. 0996934707 (ISBN13: 9780996934701) This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2016. Welcome to our online group to study Ashton Applewhite's book, "This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism!" It is both a well researched treatise on ageism and its consequences and engaging personal story of a journey to understand why and how ageism is so prevalent in our society. This should be a must read book for everyone from age 12 to 112. Full of useful information and thoughtful points, but written like a research paper full of references and very difficult to get through. She kept my attention all the way. Last Christmas one of my sisters gave me a copy of the book This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, by Ashton Applewhite. That might mean slowing down but it also might mean speeding up. Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018. This should be a must read book for everyone from age 12 to 112. She identifies common ground where all ages can value each other. This page works best with JavaScript. I would give this book 10 stars if I could. She kept my attention all the way. Review This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. As for me she may have created a monster because as I got older I noticed more and more that the "standard definition" and stock photos of greying elders looking into the sunset had nothing to do with my life and I started to overtly question overt ageist content across media and culture in general and our profit generating obsession with "youth." I took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, and my brief got some notice, but was not accepted for argument. Later, the Supreme Court made it harder for aggrieved employees to sue. It’s not the color of their skin that makes life harder for people of color; it’s racism. "), but jokes about "I've fallen and I can't get up are endemic without a second look. Useful information but painful to get through, Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2019. Citing research and credible sources, she dismantles the stereotypes about older age, giving us a practical assessment of the good and the bad. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. This year's milestones for her included: going 100% gray (no more dye) and becoming a grandmother. Ashton Applewhite's recently published book, This Chair Rocks--A Manifesto against Ageism--beautifully describes why we should care and, almost as importantly, why we should combat ageism. The earlier reviews have summarized the book well. Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2016. People in my position must hunt for clues - like statistical evidence - and statements and negative treatment that will allow a jury to infer ageism. I've heard that said about casual anti-Semitism ("Jew him down"), casual homophobia ("that's so Gay! In my practice, I see long-term employees with good evaluations over a long period of time, suddenly deemed incompetent. They persuaded me to read this book. That’s it. Welcome! As boomers get older there has been a glut of books on aging and most have focused on adapting to cultural stereotypes - slowing down, retiring, medical challenges - this is a shining gem in that stack because it is about debunking the myths related to aging, she backs up this premise with studies and facts, and she encourages people of all ages to raise our awareness of ageist behavior and call it out and question it.. Applewhite encourages you to not be defined by stereotypes - to live your life as you see fit. An easy, sensible, welll-researched, thought-provoking and inspiring read. For grandmothers, mothers, others...and for you. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, "Racist and sexist comments no longer get a pass, but who even blinks when older people are described as worthless? That is what this awesome book did for me around age discrimination. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Praise For This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism ... Starred Review “An upbeat, empathetic, and practical guide to becoming "an old person in training." I quibble with a few things -- I think she underestimates the fragility of aging bodies (75 and up) in the face of extreme forms of medical care, and sometimes I disagree with her use of statistics to paint a rosier picture than I think is warranted. This guide is adapted from one developed for a virtual (online) book study conducted in the fall of 2017, in advance of an appearance by the author as Distinguished Speaker for the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute. Citing research and credible sources, she dismantles the stereotypes about older age, giving us a practical assessment of the good and the bad. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. In my practice, I see long-term employees with good evaluations over a long period of time, suddenly deemed incompetent. Ashton Applewhite will deliver a keynote talk titled "We Are All Aging, So Let's End Ageism" on Sunday October 21 at the 2018 Bioneers Conference. Citing research and credible sources, she dismantles the stereotypes about older age, giving us a practical assessment of the good and the bad. She threads the needle, neither denying the realities of aging, nor bemoaning them, nor giving in to "90-year-old marathon runner syndrome," -- those chipper news features about exceptions to the rule. Applewhite deals realistically with the challenges of aging while pointing out the many ways in which we can continue to evolve and contribute-to ourselves and the world. Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2016. Explaining the roots of ageism in history and how it divides and debases, Applewhite examines how ageist stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes … She calls it “age shame”, seeded and nurtured through the false, negative myths of aging that we have absorbed all our lives. Finding most terms used to describe older adults objectionable, Applewhite coins the term "olders" as a word she —Kirkus Reviews “Applewhite offers a fierce and funny yet practical and thoughtful manifesto on how such negativity can be combated on individual and societal levels. In our youth obsessed culture, we’re bombarded by media images and messages about the despairs and declines of our later years. The book gives comfort to those of us dealing actively with leaving middle age (whatever that is, exactly) behind and entering new ground. I found myself skimming and never felt the connection with the author. Review — This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by, David Goff, ChangingAging Contributor “A mass murderer had his hands wrapped around my throat, and I had my hands wrapped around his. Local laws, like those in New York City lessen the burden, but "out with the old in with the new" is presumptively accepted in the workplace, and the employer will find a way to get rid of an employee for some reason or another. That’s it. Full E-book This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism For Kindle I've heard that said about casual anti-Semitism ("Jew him down"), casual homophobia ("that's so Gay! She pontificated more than persuaded and ridiculed those that use humor on aging. "), but jokes about "I've fallen and I can't get up are endemic without a second look. Whether you are 12 or 102 this should be on your mandatory reading list. Praise For This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism ... Starred Review “An upbeat, empathetic, and practical guide to becoming "an old person in training." In this introduction, we'll get an overview of Ageism, review how the group will work, and start to get to know each other. Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2018. THIS CHAIR ROCKS A MANIFESTO AGAINST AGEISM. She blogs on “This Chair Rocks”, speaks widely, has written for Harper’s and Playboy, and is the voice of the podcast “Yo, Is This Ageist?”. As she notes we become more individualistic as we get older because we get to know ourselves better so why should we be influenced by a one size fits all definition of aging. As for me she may have created a monster because as I got older I noticed more and more that the "standard definition" and stock photos of greying elders looking into the sunset had nothing to do with my life and I started to overtly question overt ageist content across media and culture in general and our profit generating obsession with "youth." Applewhite deals realistically with the challenges of aging while pointing out the many ways in which we can continue to evolve and contribute-to ourselves and the world. But it's a breath of fresh air, and made me think hard about the internalized shame that currently surrounds aging. She laughed out loud while reading it! The earlier reviews have summarized the book well. Essentially useful but painful to finish due to a writing style better fit for a doctoral thesis. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Essentially useful but painful to finish due to a writing style better fit for a doctoral thesis. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. If you watch TV, even a little, try counting the number of commercials that focus in some way on being younger, stronger, … Useful information but painful to get through, Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2019. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. That might mean slowing down but it also might mean speeding up. Part summons, part expose, it is well-named as a manifesto. This Chair Rocks, is its inspiring manifesto. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. We're so glad you decided to gather to study Ashton Applewhite's book, "This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism!" THIS CHAIR ROCKS A MANIFESTO AGAINST AGEISM. An Incredibly Important Book -- at Any Age, Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2019, Ashton Applewhite’s incredibly important book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, should be required reading for just about everyone. Book Review: "This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism" Real Change. I quibble with a few things -- I think she underestimates the fragility of aging bodies (75 and up) in the face of extreme forms of medical care, and sometimes I disagree with her use of statistics to paint a rosier picture than I think is warranted. Each chapter ends with a segment called Push Back! Even though several of the chapters have sections about action against ageism (each entitled “Push Back”), the suggested actions are all on the individual level. Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2016. This page works best with JavaScript. You – and they – will not be disappointed. Although she shows no signs of slowing down, she feels the general invisibility of becoming an older woman in society and the workplace. Each chapter ends with a segment called Push Back! Local laws, like those in New York City lessen the burden, but "out with the old in with the new" is presumptively accepted in the workplace, and the employer will find a way to get rid of an employee for some reason or another. As boomers get older there has been a glut of books on aging and most have focused on adapting to cultural stereotypes - slowing down, retiring, medical challenges - this is a shining gem in that stack because it is about debunking the myths related to aging, she backs up this premise with studies and facts, and she encourages people of all ages to raise our awareness of ageist behavior and call it out and question it.. Applewhite encourages you to not be defined by stereotypes - to live your life as you see fit. If you think that’s an exaggeration, think again. Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2017. There are three things every person experiences: birth, life, and death. The Court rejected the evidence because an arbitrator had accepted the testimony of the principal - a rule rejected by another part of the country. Author, activist, and TED speaker Ashton Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age. In This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, Ashton Applewhite sets all these experiences around aging in perspective, showing how almost universally we respond to these physical changes as negative. A Manifesto Against Ageism. In This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism, Ashton Applewhite has created an informative and entertaining guide for living the second half of our lives with confidence and power. For grandmothers, mothers, others...and for you. Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2016. Needless to say, she LOVED this book and the timing was perfect. Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2016. Ashton Applewhite, Ashton Applewhite ... – Booklist, starred review. I even, in one case, collected the data from the entire Board of Education of New York City and learned that statistically, teachers over 40 were more likely to be charged with incompetence than those under - and with each ten-year increase in age, the chances went up. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2016. The Court rejected the evidence because an arbitrator had accepted the testimony of the principal - a rule rejected by another part of the country. I would give this book 10 stars if I could. As you turn the pages you will think "yes, I noticed that and it made me wonder." You can still see all customer reviews for the product. As she notes we become more individualistic as we get older because we get to know ourselves better so why should we be influenced by a one size fits all definition of aging. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Age Discrimination Lawyer found this extremely insightful, Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2017. ), cited by Forbes as one of Forty Women to Watch Over 40, in 2017, argues convincingly that ageism—like racism and sexism—is a form of demeaning prejudice, inaccurately generalizing the experiences of older adults and promoting the idea that old age is repulsive and lonely. Activist and TED speaker Applewhite leaps from her eponymous blog to a full-scale work exploring the history and consequences of ageism, the burdens of ageist stereotypes from boardroom to bedroom, and what an age-friendly society might look like. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, See all details for This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. by Ashton Applewhite. This Chair Rocks . "This Chair Rocks is radical, exuberant, and full of all sorts of facts that erase many of the myths and beliefs about late life. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism User Review - Book Verdict. As my sister said as my 95-year-old mother lay dying: “None of us is getting out of here alive.”, Beyond ageism - the author will stimulate your thoughts about life, work, sex, health and death, Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2016. In This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism, Ashton Applewhite has created an informative and entertaining guide for living the second half of our lives with confidence and power. It's highly readable and meticulously researched while at the same time being trenchant and funny. Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Age Discrimination Lawyer found this extremely insightful, Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2017. This hopeful, lyrical manifesto of age non-conformism is compelling and debunks myths In This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism, Ashton Applewhite has created an informative and entertaining guide for living the second half of our lives with confidence and power. She laughed out loud while reading it! This year's milestones for her included: going 100% gray (no more dye) and becoming a grandmother. I bought this book as a gift for my mother who sometimes feels overwhelmed at the prospect of growing older. Select Your Cookie Preferences. ... 1997, etc. As Applewhite defines and describes ageism, new ways of seeing and being in the world emerge, empowering everyone to see things as they really are." It's highly readable and meticulously researched while at the same time being trenchant and funny. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism Summary Author and activist Ashton Applewhite discusses her new book, "This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism," in which she talks about her own experiences getting older, while exploding myths about late life. Is Ageism the "Last Acceptible Prejudice?" As you turn the pages you will think "yes, I noticed that and it made me wonder." Full of useful information and thoughtful points, but written like a research paper full of references and very difficult to get through. —Kirkus Reviews “Applewhite offers a fierce and funny yet practical and thoughtful manifesto on how such negativity can be combated on individual and societal levels. But it's a breath of fresh air, and made me think hard about the internalized shame that currently surrounds aging. by Mike Wold | January 11th, 2017. Book Review: "This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism" Real Change. Explaining the roots of ageism in history and how it divides and debases, Applewhite examines how ageist stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the … Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Praise For This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism ... Starred Review “An upbeat, empathetic, and practical guide to becoming "an old person in training." There’s only one trajectory for everybody on the planet and there’s nothing we can do — or should want to — to alter it. A manifesto, This Chair Rocks declares the need to end age-based discrimination, which hinders the potential of all generations. consisting of action strategies for changing our own perspectives and behavior, and that of the culture. It’s not having vaginas that makes life harder for women, it’s sexism. She pontificated more than persuaded and ridiculed those that use humor on aging. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. Perhaps it’s because I’m creeping closer to turning 60 that I finally decided to read it, or perhaps it’s because I’m creeping closer to 60 that I kept it at bay for so long, collecting dust on a shelf for the better part of a year. Or incompetent, or ‘out of it’, or boring, or even repulsive?" This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism User Review - Book Verdict. If you watch TV, even a little, try counting the number of commercials that focus in some way on being younger, stronger, abler, more beautiful, more toned and richer. 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