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This Chair Rocks by Ashton Applewhite

This Chair Rocks

A Manifesto Against Ageism

Ashton Applewhite

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2 reviews

Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Melville House UK
Publisher: Melville House UK
Publication date: 5 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781911545262
3 stars out of 5
Anne Harris
9 Mar 2019

"This is a manifesto and, like all manifestos, is prescriptive, and over optimistic"

[A]s with racism and sexism, changing the language is central. The use of “with age” as opposed to “old” is preferred in some enlightened quarters. Ashton suggests “with years” but also favours “olders.” I like it too as it invites its rhyming partner “bolder.” Many prefer “seniors”, as it confers a certain gravitas and an earning of status...Her contention that different forms of activism reinforce and compound each other in the same way that different forms of oppression do, is compelling. So is her debunking of myths: that the aged are responsible for health budget over-runs. It is not the aged per se who cause hospital costs to explode but rather those who are in the process of dying. Of all ages...This is a manifesto and, like all manifestos, is prescriptive, and over optimistic. The most famous manifesto of all, despite its hope and lyricism, proved delusional.


2 stars out of 5
1 Mar 2019

"A book advertised as promoting kindness turns out to be a secular theology primer"

This Chair Rocks is Applewhite’s one-woman ‘crusade’ to lift the burden of unthinking prejudice from their bent backs by exposing the underhand methods by which monolithic white heterosexual male capitalism succeeds in controlling our thoughts to further its evil, oppressive ends... [Applewhite] gets off to an impressive start in her introduction, which contains some excitingly counterintuitive statements – exciting, that is, if you’re old and have death on your mind even when you’re laughing... But as I read on, my eager hopes evaporated. Applewhite’s epiphany that old people are attractive, lovable and useful members of society is of course correct and wonderfully humane. But her animus against her own US society is vindictive and inhumane and makes you want to cry.