Abroad we judge the dress; at home we judge the man – or woman.

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All one’s life as a young woman one is on show, a focus of attention, people notice you. You set yourself up to be noticed and admired. And then, not expecting it, you become middle-aged and anonymous. No one notices you. You achieve a wonderful freedom. It’s a positive thing. You can move about unnoticed and invisible.

DORIS LESSING, attributed, An Uncommon Scold

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