Blanche Devereaux of The Golden Girls was basically a precursor to Samantha Jones’ character on Sex and The City. Blanche was a Southern debutante, who knew she was gorgeous and was not ashamed about loving the company of men. She was witty, sometimes a mean girl but always funny. The Golden Girls was an excellent show because it tackled real women’s issues like sex, widowhood and old age.
In the United States, I often feel like our elders of a certain age get thrown away by society. In most countries elders are granted the utmost respect because they are the wisest. Although that can be problematic because older people tend to have old values, it’s still a kind way to treat aging members of society. I recall my trip to Paris and Barcelona, where older people felt younger because they were full of spirit, rode vespas and were functioning members. In the U.S., I think we often see old people as incompetent, useless and dump them into old folks homes.
The Golden Girls portrayed older women as beautiful, intelligent and funny. Each character was well-developed and just—you wanted to hang with these ladies. I think a lot of us fear getting older because it seems like life will be more difficult, lonely or we’ll feel less desirable. The Golden Girls, especially Blanche, helped me to embrace my future and inevitable sluthood as an octogenarian.