A French writer has shared some very questionable advice for feeling young at 50.

There was a time in our social consciousness when French women were the epitome of ageing gracefully.

Their chic take on monochrome outfits, indifference to wrinkles, joie de vivre and the ability to rock a striped shirt with a glass of red wine in hand was supposedly the superior way to age, but according to Why French Women Feel Young at 50… and How You Can Too, the latest book release by 59-year-old blogger and Parisian Mylène Desclaux, it’s a lot of bloody work.

Desclaux is writing from the perspective of a single woman in her late 50s, and she shares her methods for navigating dating, sex and her clearly terse relationship with her biological number. Her advice, however, is questionable at best, and… super problematic at worst.

For example, some of her main points advise women over 50 to never share their real age or throw themselves a birthday party. Have a celebration, she says, but say you’re celebrating something else. Grey hair is another dead giveaway, so please be religious with your salon appointments and don’t even think about wearing reading glasses, because squinting is apparently much more youthful.


Also, if you’ve had the bad luck of being given a ‘dated’ name, Desclaux says, instead consider adopting something more youthful. A quick google of ‘names that don’t date’ led me to this Mumsnet forum which listed names like Catherine, Victoria, Elizabeth, Charlotte or Emma. I guess you could also pick something more trendy, and change as needed.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Descalux also has a few rules when it comes to sex in your later decades.

“You need to revise the classics. The missionary is effective, but the cowgirl is no longer permitted. We’re no longer of an age to be viewed from below, except in complete darkness,” she writes, while listing widowers as a “a rare and highly sought-after commodity.”

Okay then…

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In not-at-all surprising news, women aren’t exactly welcoming her advice on youth with open arms, with some sharing their thoughts on social media.



See, the thing about women approaching 50 is that they’ve had plenty of time to get confident calling bullsh*t on problematic ideas.

So they’re probably not the best demographic to target with questionable advice.

Should you want to, Why French Women Feel Young at 50: and how you can too by Mylène Desclaux is available now in hardback for $39.99 and paperback for $29.99 from Hachette Australia. You can find your most convenient retailer here.

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