chapter  1
Introduction: Age Matters
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An inadvertent but pernicious ageism burdens much of feminist scholarship and activism. It stems from failing to study old people on their own terms and from failing to theorize age relations-the system of inequality, based on age, that privileges the not-old at the expense of the old (Calasanti 2003). Some feminists mention age-based oppression but treat it as a given-an "et cetera" on a list of oppressions, as if to indicate that we already know what it is. As a result, feminist work suffers, and we engage in our own oppression.