Heather Havrilesky at Salon.com wrote a fabulous article on how women over 40 are portrayed on television. It's entitled "High-Flying 40-Year Olds? Get Out of Cougar Town. Here's the first paragraph of Heather's article.
If aliens learned about our culture by watching our newest television shows, they might assume that planet Earth was terrorized by predatory middle-aged women with hairless, bony bodies and the same blank expression on their overly Botoxed faces, a look of creepy awe at the joys of 20-something tenderloin.
Heather goes on to say, "ultimately, the subject matter isn't the problem. In one memorable scene from the first season of "The New Adventures of Old Christine," a far more enjoyable look at the perils of middle-aged divorcees on the rebound, Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) waves off Brazilian waxes, saying, "I did that once, and it was like a hair arrow pointing to my C-section scar."
Don't we want a joke we can laugh at without feeling dirty inside? Louis-Dreyfus on "Old Christine" Tina Fey's Liz Lemon of "30 Rock," Holly Hunter on "Saving Grace" — there are plenty of fantastic late-30-something and 40-something female characters on TV who greet the perils of middle age with self-deprecating humor.
Heather wonders, and so do I, why audiences rally around the one show that makes turning 40 look like a life sentence at a sadistic day spa/asylum/penitentiary for the self-obsessed?
Here's where you can go to read Heather's article. Salon.com. You will enjoy it she's a great writer.