Think older men and women get treated the same by the media? David Toussaint doesn’t.
If you’ve paid attention to the coverage of male celebrities in the media, you’ve probably noticed men “of a certain age” are usually lauded for their youthful antics. Great, except women are judged by a different set of rules. Instead of coming to their publicity rescue, men seem content with this norm. Some, like Russell Crowe, have even said women need to start acting their age in films. Madonna, more than just about anyone, gets a lot of heat for behaving in ways deemed inappropriate for a 56-year-old woman. Turn the tables, however, and you’ll realize that her “childish” antics are a mature man’s vigor. Here, the headlines we’ll continue to read until the media realize men and women should be treated as equals.
1: Harrison Ford, Private Plane Pilot. On March 5, the 72-year-old actor crashed his World War II-era plane. The story made headlines around the world, all honoring how well he managed to handle the accident and hoping for his speedy recovery.
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2: Paul Newman, Racecar Driving. An avid racecar fan, at 70 years of age, the late actor became the oldest driver in a winning Daytona team.
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3: Iggy Pop, Shirtless. The 67-year-old rock icon is still posing shirtless, to the admiration of fans all over the world.
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4: Tom Cruise, Fencing. In addition to doing his own movie stunts, the 52-year-old actor is a huge fencing fan.
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5: Russell Crowe, Knitting. The 50-year-old bad boy likes to knit in his spare time. Even gladiators need to get in touch with their feminine side.
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6: Brad Pitt, Motorcycle Riding. Everyone’s favorite Hollywood Dad, Pitt is a serious motorcycle enthusiast, even at 51 years of age.
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7: Sean Penn, Surfing. The 54-year-old actor and ex-husband of Madge stays in magnificent shape, in part by surfing.
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8: Bono, Releasing Free Material. The 54-year-old U2 frontman released “Songs of Innocence” free of charge to iTunes listeners. Isn’t it great when rock gods give back to their fans?
9: Sting, Tantric Sex. Everyone’s favorite ex-teacher, Sting, 63, has been practicing Tantric sex for years.
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10: George Clooney, Sports. The “Sexiest Man Alive,” 53-year-old Clooney’s an avid baseball, basketball, and football fanatic.
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11: Denzel Washington, Boxing. At 60, the two-time Academy Award winner still boxes to keep in shape.
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12: Kevin Costner, Horseback Riding. The 60-year-old star is an established equestrian and does his own riding in films. Here’s hoping he’s always careful.
Madonna owns… wait, she fell off her horse in 2005, leaving her with a broken hand, busted collarbone and three cracked ribs. One very popular New York Newspaper wrote it…”Madonna Falls Off Her High Horse.”
… If Madonna did it, you’d read all about it.
previously published at HuffingtonPost.