Friday, December 19, 2003

Older Women are the New Black
Or, More to the Point, Diane Keaton is the new Jill Claybergh

The Jill Clayburgh Effect is back in, well, effect. Older women are romping around the national landscape like college girls backstage at a Stones concert. But in the case of Diane Keaton's meteoric rise to sex symbol from author of a book on bad Clown art is the most surprising.

She's got "it" says the Sun Herald. She's portrayed as "passionate" and "desirable" says the NY Times. The Washington Post goes so far as to call her a "babe."

And she is in a manner of speaking. Her rise comes at the tailend of a year where Tinseltown said: it's okay for older women to be considered sex symbols. Look at Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, for one example, and even, the not old Cameron Diaz, 31, who is dating Justin Timberlake, who is 23. Then, of course, there is the 12 year age difference between 50 Cent and Vivica Fox. Hey, it's all good.

From older women-younger men it was a short hop skip and jump to older woman as sex object, when you think about it.

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