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Hollywood certainly doesn't have a reputation for being warm and welcoming to women of a certain age. In fact, it's pretty much an accepted fact that once actresses hit 40 years old, they're relegated to roles as mothers or crones unless they want to compete with Meryl Streep.

As a result, the culture of stardom is filled with a youth obsession and various tactics to cling to an impossible ideal. Women get chastised by the media or the public for showing a wrinkle or for getting plastic surgery, proving that any signs of aging are cause for alarm.

Now, one of the biggest stars in the industry is talking candidly about a topic that's still taboo, and it could spur another change in how we discuss women in the public eye and beyond.

Angelina Jolie got this message, but she refuses to accept it

For decades, Angelina has always been astutely aware of how people have viewed, but that has never prevented her from living the life she wanted.

Recently, the actress opted to have both of her breasts removed in response to a blood test that revealed an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer (a devastating discovery after Angelina's mother Marcheline Betrand died of the disease in 2007). This year, Angelina had a second surgery to remove her ovaries to abate similar fears, and the operation has triggered early menopause.

While even the words "early menopause" would be enough to send many actresses into hiding, Angelina is using her experience as a chance to casually change the narrative about older women.

She's speaking openly and honestly about menopause with surprising results

Traditionally, menopause is painted as tragic or comic; it's either portrayed as a death of vitality or a butt of a joke, as opposed to something that affects most women in a variety of ways.

Angelina did not hesitate to explain her experience, and she's looking forward to everything that it means to her:

I actually love being in menopause. I haven’t had a terrible reaction to it, so I’m very fortunate. I feel older, and I feel settled being older. I feel happy that I’ve grown up. I don’t want to be young again.

Leave it Angelina Jolie to flip the script and actually enjoy menopause. While I'm sure there are plenty of women out there who have different perspectives, I'm just thrilled that a public figure is talking about something so common that's also so verboten. Do you think more actresses should talk about their personal experiences?

(Source: The Daily Telegraph)


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