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Women respond to French author who said women over 50 are “invisible” to him

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A 50-year-old male author has bestowed his wisdom graciously on the world, by deeming women passed the age of 49 “invisible”. Twitter reacts accordingly. 

Sometimes you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to misogynistic drivel – and then someone like Yann Moix comes along and surprises you.

Moix, a French television presenter and author who has apparently won multiple awards for his work, recently gave an interview in which he reduced the value of the entire female species to the youthfulness of our bodies. 

Speaking to the French edition of Marie Claire (reported by The Guardian), Moix explained that once a woman reaches the age of 50 she becomes “invisible” to him and he is “incapable” of loving her.

“I prefer younger women’s bodies, that’s all. End of. The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary,” he said. “The body of a woman of 50 is not extraordinary at all.” 

Did you hear that, women of the world? A man simply shouldn’t be expected to consider a woman attractive after her 49th birthday. That’s all. End of. Forget about the intelligence, empathy, wisdom, adventures and wit that women build up over the course of their lives: these are all irrelevant if you don’t have the extraordinary body of a 25-year-old.

The ladies’ man himself 

It’s worth noting here that Moix is 50 himself, and is – how can we put this kindly – not exactly George Clooney in a Nespresso advert. As if on a mission to be as offensive as possible, he went on to clarify that he only dates Asian women, anyway.

“It’s perhaps sad and reductive for the women I go out with but the Asian type is sufficiently rich, large and infinite for me not to be ashamed.” Moix, cherie, we’ve got news for you: none of what you’ve just said is sad for women.

Fortunately, for every misogynistic, ageist a**e of a man, there are plenty of hilarious women waiting to take him down a peg or two on the internet. 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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