Unfortunately, aging is just a part of life that we can’t escape. While men have their own challenges with getting older, women seem worse off. In particular, society gives women a bad rep, especially when they go through menopause. The biggest stigma with women weathering “the change” is that they all go crazy. Aging for women has become problematic since we live in a society where everyone wants to remain young forever.
Oprah Winfrey surely knows that there’s no real way to reverse time and be young again. Instead, the media mogul has learned to accept getting older. In fact, she’s asking other women and the rest of society to appreciate the beauty of menopause. In other words, she wants people to just accept that aging is natural, and stop fighting the inevitable.
Oprah Winfrey Says Women Should Stop Fearing Menopause
When it comes to Oprah Winfrey, she pretty much knows what she’s talking about. The billionaire recently sat down with Maria Shriver on an episode of Paramount + “The Checkup With Dr. David Agus” to encourage women to stop fearing menopause.
In an exclusive clip provided by People, Shriver jumpstarts the conversation by stating it’s time for society to normalize the changes women go through as they age.
According to Shriver, women should feel empowered and not feel ashamed to speak out against the changes they go through with their bodies. Unfortunately, the media markets women to fear menopause.
Winfrey shared that Black women, especially, go through the stigmas associated with women and menopause. “Especially for Black women. I know we have been known for bearing a lot and being the strong ones and keep moving no matter what,” Winfrey said during the interview. When it comes down to it, changing the view on women and menopause will help alter stigmas around aging.
Oprah Winfrey Experienced Ageism In The Doctor’s Office
Throughout the rest of the interview, Dr. David Agus shared Winfrey’s experience with ageism at the doctor’s office.
Previously, the media mogul paid a visit to her doctor to treat her heart palpitations. Winfrey almost had a catheter put “through her artery into her heart” but decided against it, after learning that the device could have caused even more severe health problems down the line. In the end, it turned out that the palpitations were just a symptom of menopause.
“When I went back to my doctor and said, ‘You know this was menopause,’ she said, ‘Well,