“We are the future”: Advant-aged women speak-out through spoken word poetry

Noa Levy, Liat Ayalon

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Abstract

This study aims to investigate women between the ages of 50 and 70 who write and perform spoken word poetry, through which they wish to lead positive social change, by turning the culture of silence into open discourse. This period represents a new phase of life. These women are at an “in-between” phase of being no longer young but not yet old and are between life roles. This is a new age group that has not yet been studied. We argue that this stage of life requires a new term. The term chosen for this study is advant-age because it implies the advantages and opportunities that this period of life affords. Although this group of women is growing in relation to the general population, the ageism and sexism they experience are increasing, creating a gradual process of social exclusion and reduction in their agency. Spoken Word Poetry (SWP) is written on a page but performed live in front of an audience. It is a poetic piece that includes rhythm, rhyme, and sometimes humor, which help convey complex messages with finesse. The importance of the current research lies in revealing a new and unresearched social phenomenon that has been developing in Israel in recent years: Advant-aged women are discussing issues that society usually silences, using methods that traditionally have been associated with younger groups. Through SWP, advant-aged women are enabling the possibility of raising these issues for public discussion and creating an opportunity for social change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-313
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Volume36
Issue number4
Early online date8 Mar 2024
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

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© 2024 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • Activism
  • advant-aged women
  • ageism
  • agency
  • spoken word poetry

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