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It comes as a surprise, even at first almost a feeling of guilt: after a long time of being afraid, of not wanting to think about it, of pretending everything's the same, the delight, the sheer excitement of coming into a new place after sixty, after it's all supposed to be over. And it may not have come easily.

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Source Notes: The Fountain of Age (chapter 10, "Coming into a New Place") (1993). Friedan also notes (chapter 18, "Age as Adventure") that, despite her final sense of excitement at turning 60, she and her "feminist women friends" had a hard time coming up with a ceremony or ritual to commemorate the milestone birthdays after 60. She said they tried to create a celebration but "somehow couldn't get beyond the discomfort and the rage: 'When Sleeping Beauty woke up, she was sixty years old!'"

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Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan (born February 4, 1921) is an American feminist, social activist and writer.

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