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Hormone Replacement Therapy may be relatively risk free, but there are some who would say it's also unnecessary -- including Margaret Morganroth Gullette, the author of Declining to Decline: Cultural Combat and the Politics of Midlife (Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1997). Gullette challenges the popular notion that we should fight aging every step of the way and advocates a dismissal of the technologies that keeps us artifically young -- including HRT.
"If the mainstream had a menoboom-resistant strain of writers," she argues, "Journalists could write articles as long as they like about 'Better Sex after Menopause,' and 'Carefree after Fifty.'"