The Fanny Pack — No Laughing! — Is Back

When the fanny pack was introduced to American consumers in 1988, AdWeek hailed it as “the hottest product of the year.” From there to laughingstock, alas, was a short slide. But now the fanny pack is back — would someone ple-e-ease come up with a less-goobery-sounding name than that? — and this time it’s got both edge and sophistication. You can now have the function, ease and style of a small bag at your waist without feeling like a cluelessly …

Women With Memory Problems Decline Faster Than Men

Women are twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s disease as men, but for years, doctors assumed that was simply because women lived longer. Now it appears there’s more to it. Emerging research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington this week suggests there may be biological differences that put women at higher risk — not just for developing the disease as they age, but for experiencing precipitous declines after surgery or general anesthesia. “Understanding these differences will help us …

Frenchwomen Don’t Wear Granny Panties

Bloomers are booming—and I’m flipping out. I’m talking about those “big girl” panties we traded for lower-cut bikini undies way back in junior high school, before The Cult of the Thong began its cheeky brainwashing campaign. Having just returned from Paris, where a lingerie shop seems to nestle next to every patisserie, I can assure you that no grownup Frenchwoman (unless she’s a dancer at the Moulin Rouge) would be caught dead in a thong or a V-string. Instead, Frenchwomen …

My Online Dating Generation Gap

Who’s contacting me at online dating sites? It would appear to be the much younger and the much older. First, let me be clear: I support intergenerational dating. One of my top 10 favorite movies is Harold and Maude, with pubescent, death-obsessed Harold (Bud Cort) falling in love with a sexy, vivacious 79-year-old Maude (Ruth Gordon). To me, any relationship, no matter the age difference, that reinvigorates peoples’ love for living is a good thing. I’m told that there are …

Need a New Swimsuit? (I Do!)

Every summer my postmenopausal body and I play a little game I like to call Find the Swimsuit: I want one that will make me feel as sexy as Madonna looks. My body wants one that will make me look as confident as Madonna feels. We agree to disagree, then battle it out in the fitting room. No selfies are sent to chums for opinion polls. No bossy saleswomen are admitted. No fat- or age-shaming is allowed. Eventually, we find …

7 Reasons Older Men Love Older Women

By James Stafford I’ve grown immune to the use of sex to sell products. I can’t tell you who the starlet of the week is. I’m immune to beer commercials and other “buy this product and have sex with hot hard bodies” advertisements. What I find attractive has aged along with me. I have no more interest in 20-year-olds than they have in me. Flirty young waitresses just embarrass me, but you wouldn’t know that from commercials, movies and television. …