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Even in Hollywood Years, 42 Is Too Young to Retire

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are splitting. This was the big news recently. The press wrote many pieces about the split, but there was one piece which grabbed my attention.

In an article in 'Time', Daniel D'Addario wrote, "He's a reasonably talented, vastly decorated actor-director who's funny on Morning Joe; she's a movie actor whose most productive years are definitively behind her."

He was talking about Ben and Jen.

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I looked up the word "definitively" and it means, officially, "without question and beyond doubt."

Jennifer Garner is 42 years old, and Daniel D'Addario is saying that, beyond doubt, Garner's best work is behind her.

Oh, I'm sorry, but are you referring to her not being fuckable anymore, Daniel? Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Patricia Arquette made a spoof on the fact that Hollywood stops casting women once they hit a certain age, because, well, they've hit a certain age.

Talented actress Maggie Gyllenhaal recently admitted, "There are things that are really disappointing about being an actress in Hollywood that surprise me all the time," she told The Wrap. "I'm 37, and I was told recently I was too old to play the lover of a man who was 55."

Her most productive years are behind her? Jennifer Garner is a successful actress who also happens to have three kids. She's juggling a lot. Sounds to me like she's kicking ass and has the ability to do whatever she wants and, by the way, she's only 42.

I want to see stories about women my age right now.

By writing her off as if she's done, you sound like you are from the 1950s Daniel. Are you? Are your most productive days behind you?

Is Daniel right, is he just stating the Hollywood obvious? Are all the plum roles dried up and shriveled up once we women hit a certain age?

I want to see stories about women my age right now. I have found that women are so incredibly ripe with stories the older we get, especially during the child-rearing years. Yes, there could be more stories out there for and about women and moms over the age of 35.

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Hollywood is slow to change on this front, but there are a growing number of women in the entertainment industry who are breaking out and sharing their stories either in the theatre world or if they get lucky on new venues such as Netflix or Amazon.

But Daniel, please stop writing about an accomplished woman as being over at the age of 42.

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