At the 2020 International Association of Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry conference in Tampa, Florida, a small group of colleagues and I were chatting about our experience over the course of the weekend. One of the women commented that she’d been taken aback by something she’d heard earlier in the day. Apparently, a service worker at a restaurant had commented that she “looked good for her age.” This produced a wide smattering of responses from the group—I recounted being asked for my photo identification earlier in the weekend when ordering a drink at a restaurant and being told, “I certainly wouldn’t have guessed your age!” while another indicated that she’d recently been offered a “compliment” from a colleague about being “quite fit for your age.” As we continued to recount these stories, something became painfully clear in our discussion: all...

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