Lunchbox/Soapbox: Lynne Segal on the Pleasures (and Perils) of Ageing
In this Lunchbox/Soapbox, Segal wrestles with the aches, pains and joys of joining an entirely new generation of people who got old somewhere along the way. Desire, sex, the relation to public spaces and today’s young people are all on the agenda, as she looks towards the challenge of finding a new way to experience a long and fulfilling life.
As a young woman, Lynne Segal rode the new waves of freedom in the 1960s and 1970s, living actively as an academic and feminist. Now in her 60s, she examines how her generation of baby boomers are coping with getting old. In her new book Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing, she draws on the musings of literary and artistic legends of the past, to see if we have learned anything about how to cope with the ageing process.
Lynne Segal is anniversary professor of psychology and gender studies in the department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, London.