Ashton Applewhite, Madonna King | Integrity 20’19

This chair rocks: A manifesto against ageism

Presented in partnership with the EveryAGE Counts Campaign

From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite explains the roots of ageism – in history and in our own denial – and how it divides and debases, examines how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of olders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age friendly world would look like, and concludes with a rousing call to action.

Ashton is in conversation with award-winning journalist, author and commentator Madonna King.

Integrity 20’19 |
Length 00:43:13
Filmed 19 Nov 2019
Venue Ian Hanger Recital Hall
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
South Bank, Brisbane
Ashton is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. In 2016, she joined PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year and Lifetime Arts recently awarded her their 2018 Game Changer Award.
Ashton Applewhite (US)

Author, activist and expert on ageism, Read more

Madonna is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, having worked at senior levels at News Limited and the ABC. She writes for Fairfax, including a highly successful weekly column and has written seven books.
Madonna King (AU)

Award-winning journalist, author and commentator, Read more

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