Woman's Hour

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Falling in love with a much older person

January 13th, 2016

Episode 467 of 985 episodes

Following reports of hundreds of attacks on women during the New Year celebrations in the German city of Cologne, we look at how feminists have responded. The attackers were described as of mainly North African or Arabic origin and the row over German immigration policy had since intensified; we'll also be asking how the issue of women's rights is being used in this debate. Joan Smith, Sarah El Rashid, Dr Andrea Den Boer and Imke Henkel. Much of the public reaction to the engagement of Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch has been rather cynical, with frequent references to Murdoch's billions and their 25 year age gap. But is the idea of a woman falling in love with an elderly man so unthinkable? Jenni speaks to Sylvia, who got together with her partner when he was 93. The last in our series on fashion over six centuries told through the pictures in the National Portrait Gallery with Aileen Ribeiro, a Professor of the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute who specialises in the history of costume. She's the author of 'A Portrait of Fashion.' We move forward to the war years of the 1940's to look at a picture of the artist, Anna Zinkeisen A recent report by the Young Women's Trust said that a generation of young women under 30 are more likely than older women to think that traditional male roles are beyond their reach and that mothers are irresponsible to work. Are these young women turning against feminism and becoming more socially conservative in their views? Dr Carole Easton, Chief Executive of the Young Women's Trust, & Belinda Brown writer for the website The Conservative Woman discuss. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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