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  • Summary

  • Growing older can be daunting. And for many women in particular, it can be downright terrifying. 

    Melissa Doyle (Sunrise, Sunday Night) recently turned 50 and found herself wanting some guidance on how to approach life’s second act. So she connects with women from different cultures to learn about how growing older can mean forging deeper connections (New Zealand), getting more power (Ghana), more opportunities (Finland) and sometimes more plastic surgery (South Korea). They discuss everything from menopause to sex, political representation to financial security. They find out how to Age Against the Machine.

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Episodes
  • Apr 15 2021

    You’re invited to Melissa Doyle’s 50th birthday party, before jumping headlong into matters of sex and relationships. We hear from Dr Ginny Mansberg about what’s happening to our bodies and Doyle joins a goddess circle in Byron Bay.

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    36 mins
  • Apr 15 2021

    Doyle sets out to understand why women over 50 are doing it tough financially. We explore homelessness, job security and the wage gap, and then turn our focus to Finland, where Doyle meets a 65-year-old skateboarding sensation.

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    36 mins
  • Apr 15 2021

    The anti-ageing industry is a multi-billion dollar juggernaut. Doyle talks to South Korean women for whom plastic surgery is the norm and Maori women in New Zealand who see every wrinkle as a source of pride. 

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    40 mins

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A story about the women's woes

Mostly stories of woes which are not new. The irony is that one example in this book of someone actively helping other women to raise them from suffering is a man. Other examples include women teaching other women how to give energy to negative stories or to cement acknowledgement to sexism, and prejudice towards women by marking their faces or telling their stories. yes acknowledgement and sharing is good, but it facilitates the regurgitation of the same negative stories and energies. It would have been great for the book to focus on active solutions. I'm a woman myself and a frustration I have is our chat about the suffering instead of the chat about positive active solutions to problems.

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Empowering and inspirational

I loved this series - such relevant, interesting topics that have made me really think about my own aging process as well as my attitudes towards others. After listening, I feel strong, empowered and thankful as I stride with pride towards 50. Thank you Melissa and Naima xx

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brilliant. absolutely loved it. highly recommend.

really important stuff people should kmow and have a chance to think about. Really helped me understand what women might be thinking about or concerned with. what my wife might be going through.

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Spot on in so many ways.

Was really refreshing to listen to experts talking about women and ageing. Was very insiteful, scary and encouraging. Thank you Mel for bringing this subject to the forefront. I could have kept listening.

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depression alert

if u weren't feeling depressed and anxious about getting older you most certainly will be after this. glad it was part of free trial and I didn't outlay money to hear how doomed women once they get into their 40s.

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Wonderful and Uplifting

I loved this so raw but so real..So worth the listen. Such a beautiful insite on the ageing women and I found it uplifting and normal!

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wonderful aging womanhood

I really appreciated the breadth and depth of this audio series. Each topic was relevant and encouraging while honouring the diversity found across womanhood.

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My ageing roadmap is now looking good!

It's up to us, the individual, as to how we chart our future roadmap. I am so grateful for Mel and Naima's podcast where they set about to put a voice, ask probing questions and dig deeper into what it means to age as a woman in our modern day society. Yes I'm personally responsible, but it sure makes it easier to charge ahead defining how I want my ageing future to look and feel when I know I'm in good company with these two...and the many incredible women and men they interview throughout this podcast. The topics discussed are necessary and need to be spoken about more, especially with our men folk. The collective change for a better more understanding valued future needs to involve us all. I truly value the elders in my life and languish through the history of my year lived so far...I'm viewing my 50's and beyond through resilient, super tuff glasses, but charging ahead nonetheless that little bit more fortified by this podcast. Thanks.

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Go Mel & Naima!!!!!

As a 47 year old woman wondering "what next", your pod cast, and the stories it contained, literally made my heart sing.
Mel, THANK YOU for your bravery and inspiring work - and yep, stuff them 😊

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Boring and predictable.

Very ordinary and not giving fresh actionable information for real improvement. Recommend if you are bored.

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Like an informative loving chat with a bestie

We start the journey at Mel's 50th birthday. We're invited in to meet her friends, clink champagne glasses and sing happy birthday. Mel poses some questions about the changes happening around 50, and together with her best friend we all set off on a journey around the globe for a deep dive into how other cultures answer these questions, and how these solutions peice together in our changing lives.

In what feels like a personal conversation with a kind, warm and loving best friend, Mel explores how menopause impacts our lives, friendships, relationships, careers, beauty and body image, finances and our changing roles in our family's and society.

This audiobook is not what I was expecting. I assumed it would be something like The M Word, which is super informative and so useful, but this is a more about our lives, changes, challenges, friendships. Where The M Word is about the body and it's changes, Age Against The Machine is about the soul or spirit.

The M Word is about the body and Age Against The Machine is about the soul.

I feel you need to listen to both these book. In whatever order you feel best suits you.

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