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.'”
Gullette’s personal discomforts about aging are notable, making it hard to read the book as an unbiased study of middle age. But she does have a point — the most natural way to resist aging is not to resist at all.
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