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The number of double standards in American society can be overwhelming just to think about, let alone try to battle day in and out.  But lately one has been surfacing more than average, and should be addressed before I have a hernia from rage.  

It's said that youth is beauty, and while the truth is evident in this statement, it does not and should not imply that beauty is exclusive to youth.  This nation seems to oscillate back and forth between picking apart and praising its older celebrity generations, but all too often the distinction is more gender-based than purely looks-focused.  

The fact is, whether Sarah Jessica Parker is looking more like a 40-something, simply DOES NOT MATTER.  She's a highly accomplished actress, for no matter how you swing it, is incredibly attractive and does not deserve to be ridiculed for having a few more wrinkles or spots than she used to.  Yet with the aging male celebrity population, if anything, we can't stop talking about how much better these guys are getting with age.  Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Brad Pitt are examples of hunks that we can't get enough of in their 40s.  

If tearing down women for aging is bad enough, scrutinizing media-centered women's bodies is a close second to my top irks.  Sarah Palin was recently asked in an interview whether or not she had breast augmentation surgery, which she replied that she had not.  Here's my thought: why is this even a relevant question?!?  Who else in the political sphere is fielding questions about their bodies and what they've tweaked, filled or lifted?  The answer is no one, especially no men.

To summarize, there are so many other things to talk about in the world, that we should be choosier with our conversation topics, article foci and even just what we care about in general.  It wouldn't make a difference in anyone's life if Sarah Palin had a boob job or if SJP is getting a little worn around the edges.  None of this is either news-worthy or even interesting.  Who's with me?

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