“Our society is mistaken: the experience of maturing is infinitely more delightful than ‘perpetual youth.’ In youth one is likely to wish to be experienced (especially if one is an attractive woman) – that is, to be watched, listened to, admired; in maturity one is far more interested in experiencing – in living. The acute self-consciousness of the attractive woman is crippling. Wishing to be viewed, the woman surrenders her own vision; she sacrifices herself to her own image.”

-Joyce Carol Oates

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