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What Is Age Shaming?

We’ve all heard of fat shaming, skinny shaming, and a new one I heard recently was glam shaming, which is someone that always makes sure their hair and make-up are always in tact, but, after watching a recent episode of The Bachelor on ABC there seems to be some age shaming going on.

What is age shaming?  It’s judging someone based on their age.

One of the contestants is in her early twenties, while the rest of the contestants are in their late twenties or thirties.  All the girls in the house are just waiting for the bachelor to discover her age, as if that is going to be a game changer for him.  So, was it?

Yes, and no.

In the latest episode, after the contestant “confessed” to her age, the bachelor expressed concerns about it, yet, he still gave her a rose.  It was weird to think that being young was a bad thing, and something other people would make judgements about, when we live in a culture where ageism usually pertains to the elderly.

So, are we just shaming left and right on anything imaginable to feel better about ourselves? Or, to put someone down and discriminate against cause we’re that insecure?

Yes, so to all the shammers out there, take a good look at yourself; your body, your appearance, your age and stop judging.  The only shame in shaming is being a shammer.


What Is Age Shaming?

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2018). What Is Age Shaming?. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 19, 2020, from


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